Origin of the Alabama Water Resources Paradigm: How Did We Get Here?

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Check out this informative and insightful article, Origin of the Alabama Water Resources Paradigm: How Did We Get Here?, in the latest issue of The WAVE (Summer 2014), the official publication of the Alabama Water Environment Association (AWEA). The article, written by, Bennett L. Bearden, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Special Counsel on Water Law and Policy, Alabama Water Agencies Working Group (AWAWG), chronicles the evolution of the current water policy paradigm in Alabama at the advent of the Governor’s release of the AWAWG report on April 17.

OriginOrigin of the Alabama Water Resources Paradigm: How Did We Get Here?

 

Tallapoosa basin is healthy, active watershed

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The AU Water Resources Center and AWW in partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the AU College of Agriculture recently held the 2014 Tallapoosa Basin Conference (TBC). The TBC was initiated back in 2005 as part of a large, multi-disciplinary research and outreach effort funded by the USDA-CSREES known as the Tallapoosa Watershed Project. A variety of grants, funds and partners were involved in the conference through the years.

Sam Fowler, Director of the AU Water Resources Center, welcomes the 100+ attendees to the Tallapoosa Basin Conference.

Sam Fowler, Director of the AU Water Resources Center, welcomes the 100+ attendees to the Tallapoosa Basin Conference.

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Your AWWA Involvement is More Important Than Ever

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Dr. Bill Deutsch, AWWA Board of Directors

The Alabama Water Watch Association (AWWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to support the goals of the AWW Program.  In the coming months we will be introducing you to our Board of Directors and helping you gain a better understanding of this organization through a series of blog articles. If you would like to know more about joining the AWWA contact one of our Board Members or visit the “Support AWW” section of our homepage.

Like a couple of others on the Alabama Water Watch Association (AWWA) Board of Directors, I’ve been with things from the beginning of our “experiment” with community-based water monitoring.  As the AWW Program Director at Auburn University, I’ve given countless updates about AWW’s progress at virtually all of our Board meetings.  It has been a pleasure to share the positive news of our growth and impacts…new monitoring groups formed, additional sampling sites and data records, success stories of cleaning up pollution, and new ways to provide environmental education to Alabama kids. The “experiment” was a success, and thousands of Alabamians have proved their willingness to volunteer and get active in collecting and using vital information for the protection of our streams and lakes. 

Bill at White Cliffs English Channel
Bill at White Cliffs English Channel

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Meet the fine folks that keep AWW growing statewide!

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by Rita Grub

I bet you’re enjoying the warmer temps and signs of spring – soft greens and colors we haven’t seen for several months.  And maybe you’re like me – amazed that over 25% of 2014 is in the past.  It’s been a BUSY time for AWW:

  • There have been over 30 workshops and recertification sessions this year  -  awesome!!!
  • There have been 75 new Water Chemistry and 76 new Bacteriological monitors trained in these workshops
  • And almost 30 monitors have been recertifed!

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