Bear Creek Reservoir
The ecological health of Bear Creek Reservoir rated poor in 2011. Bear Creek has rated poor most years. The higher ratings (fair) in 2007 and 2009 were due primarily to improved chlorophyll concentrations.
TVA monitors one location on Bear Creek Reservoir—the deep, still water near the dam, called the forebay—usually on a two-year cycle.
Bear Creek Reservoir Ecological Health Ratings, 1994-2011
The table below shows the ratings for individual ecological health indicators at Bear Creek in 2011. These ratings are briefly explained in the paragraphs that follow.
Bear Creek Reservoir - TVA maintains a program to examine contaminants in fish fillets from TVA reservoirs and their major tributary streams on a rotational basis. The data collected from this program is distributed to the state officials who are responsible for placing or removing fish tissue consumption advisories on those bodies of water. For information on advisories currently in effect for Bear Creek Reservoir, visit the Epidemiology Division of Alabama Department of Public Health’s web page. http://www.adph.org/tox/index.asp?ID=1360