Cedar Creek Reservoir

Cedar Creek Reservoir rated fair in 2011. The overall ecological health score for the reservoir has been in the fair range all years monitored.

TVA monitors one location on Cedar Creek—the deep, still water near the dam—usually on a two-year cycle.

Ecological Health Indicators at Cedar Creek Reservoir — 2011

Monitoring locationDissolved
oxygen
ChlorophyllFishBottom
life

Sediment
Forebay Poor Good Good Fair Fair

Dissolved oxygen

As in previous years, dissolved oxygen rated poor. The lower half of the water column had low dissolved oxygen concentrations during the summer months, with some areas completely devoid of oxygen.

Chlorophyll

Consistent with previous years, average summer chlorophyll concentrations were low, resulting in a good rating for this indicator.

Fish

The fish community rated good. This indicator has rated either good or at the high end of the fair range over the years.

Bottom life

Bottom life rated fair, primarily because of the low number and low variety of animals found in samples collected from the reservoir bottom. Ratings for bottom life in Cedar Creek tend to fluctuate from year to year. Because there are so few bottom-dwelling animals due to low dissolved oxygen, the ratings are easily influenced by the presence or absence of a few species.

Sediment

Sediment quality rated fair. Low levels of PCBs were detected in the sediment sample, and the concentration of arsenic was slightly above suggested background levels. Sediment quality typically rates good in Cedar Creek Reservoir.

Fish consumption advisories

Cedar 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 Cedar Creek Reservoir, visit the Epidemiology Division of Alabama Department of Public Health’s Web page.