Since early 2020, SCAPE has worked in partnership with Escambia County, the City of Pensacola, and Wood to develop a multi-year, watershed-scale plan for Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar funded through the post-Deepwater Horizon RESTORE Act of 2010. Broadly, the plan focuses on access, water quality, ecological conditions, and opportunities for parallel restoration and recreation projects throughout the 18-square-mile watershed.
Today, both Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar suffer from pollution and are largely cut off from adjacent communities by infrastructure and overgrowth. A key part of the plan is to protect, enhance, and restore habitat and ecological space while expanding public access and recreational amenities connecting residents to the waterways for stewardship and enjoyment.
For the past year, the team has engaged residents, community members and stakeholders to share their experiences and aspirations for the 18 square mile watershed—including personal anecdotes about the Creek and Bayou; reports of flooding during storm events (like Hurricane Sally in Fall 2020); issues with water quality; and preferences for potential future open space along the restored waterways. In February 2020, the team held a kickoff event, open house and presentation before the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Escambia County
- City of Pensacola