Tuscaloosa Academy SLTER:
Tuscaloosa Academy is a private school in a suburban area of west central Alabama. The school campus has a small stream that winds around the property and empties into the Black Warrior River. The monitoring which began in the fall of 1998 is directed by Ms. Kim Ouderkirk.
The area around Tuscaloosa Academy is
suburban residential. The campus is located approximately one mile from the
major river in town, the Black Warrior River. The stream flows around the edge
of the football field with houses on two sides, a commercial green house on
another, and a playground then the field house and school on the remaining side.
Parts of the stream flow has been redirected with culverts.
Site Description (Scroll down to see student drawn area maps)
The stream runs along the edge of a newly
constructed (August 1998) parking lot. The stream is partially lined with
imported limestone boulders. The remainder of the stream is lined with the local
soil which is iron and clay rich. At this point the stream is about 12 cm deep
and 2 meters wide. It has rapid flow in some areas with large masses of brown
algae elsewhere. In areas where the water is flowing rapidly, it appears clear.
This part of the stream receives full sun.
This site is a pond which is fed by a
culvert. Its banks are severely eroded and are 3-4 m above the water level. The
pond is about 12 m in diameter and is estimated to be 2m deep. Turtles, frogs,
and snakes have been occasionally spotted in this pond. The water is a murky
greenish gray. The pond is in shade with a few breaks in the trees. (site
#2 is pictured in the center of the lower portion of the photo below)
This site is about 3m below the pond outlet.
Its bank appear fairly natural. They are also quite steep and banks are 3-4
meters above the water. Here, the stream is 14 cm deep and 1.3 m wide. The water
is slow moving and its surface is covered with leaves. It also has a bit of an
greasy sheen. It is in full shade. (site #3 is pictured in the center of
the picture above)