Backwaters was created by University of Alabama graduate student Tim Steere, a master’s candidate in the Community Journalism program. In the fall of 2013, the project’s theoretical framework and long-term goals were set in place, with the production phase beginning the following January. Photos, audio interviews and contacts were gathered by Steere in the following months. Steere is a Connecticut native and 2013 graduate of West Virginia University.

All of the graphics featured on Backwaters, including sidebar maps and the header logo, were designed by Chris Linden, an undergraduate design student at West Virginia University. More information about Chris, including contact information and prior work, can be found on his website.

Select photos were provided by Kristy Randle, Jeremy Adkins and the Bramlett Family.