Tannehill State Park receives over 500,000 visitors a year and is financially supported by park fees. In September, 2010, EPA reduced discharge allowable limits on phosphorus from 4.5ppm to .5ppm; making the current, functioning wastewater treatment facilities in the Park out of compliance with EPA requirements. Costs to bring the facility in compliance were estimated at $600,000.
Cawaco RC&D was informed of the problem by a Clean Water Partnership stakeholder. RC&Ds identify unmet needs their communities and create solutions that work. With a team of resource providers, Cawaco provides facilitation for the team to bring the facility into compliance. An alternative treatment method which utilizes drip irrigation was selected-reducing the costs to $300,000. With the assistance of Sewage Equipment Sales & Services, ADECA Surplus, Tuscaloosa County Commission, Alternative Wastewater Engineering, Cahaba Clean Water Partnership, Alabama Forestry Commission, ACIPCO and TTL, Inc., Cawaco RC&D and Tombigbee RC&D. Through equipment purchased from ADECA’s Surplus, costs have further been reduced to $100,000.
Donations of piping, irrigation, and electrical equipment and labor are currently being sought. If you would like to help with this project, please contact Patti Pennington, Cawaco RC&D at (205) 623-0458.