The City of Birmingham is located within five watersheds, which includes:
- Five Mile Creek Watershed
- Village Creek Watershed
- Valley Creek Watershed
- Shades Creek Watershed
- Cahaba River Watershed
These urban watersheds flow directly into either the Black Warrior river or the Cahaba river, which is why it’s important that Birmingham citizens take care of our local watersheds. These areas are used recreationally by: providing areas of active and passive use, proving an aesthetically pleasing open area. Thousands of people depend on the Black Warrior River and Cahaba river for recreational opportunities as well as drinking water. People fish, fly-fish, swim, boat, kayak, canoe, waterski, wakeboard and take advantage of many other recreational opportunities along these rivers and tributaries.
In Alabama, outdoor recreation generates $7.5 Billion in consumer spending, 86,000 direct Alabama jobs, $2.0 Billion in wages and salaries, and $494 Million in state and local tax revenue. Throughout our great nation, outdoor recreation creates 6.1 million American jobs. $646 billion in outdoor recreation spending each year. $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue. $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue. (Source: Outdoor Industry Association’s 2012 Report).
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