If you have attended an AWW bacteriological workshop lately, you probably remember hearing about the Waterkeeper Swim Guide. AWW started to integrate the Swim Guide into our bacteriological workshops a couple of years ago since it fits perfectly into our data-to-action strategy!
John Kulbitskas has been a trainer in the Jasper area of Smith Lake for the past seven years. He has conducted numerous AWW workshops to train and certified monitors in water quality monitoring, and monitored multiple sites on the southern end of the lake for nearly 20 years!
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AWW Director, Eric Reutebuch, had the pleasure and the privilege of presenting the 2016 ‘Smith State of the Lake Address’ to a packed house at the Smith Lake Civic Association Building near Jasper, AL last week. Eric was thrilled to see such a large, enthusiastic crowd gathered to learn about watershed stewardship!
We have some exciting news – the AWW data graphs are back! Thanks to the exceptional dedication of our database gurus, Jim Johnson and Sergio (below), and their hundreds of hours of grinding through many new technological database and web-hosting challenges (SQL, Visual Studio, Cloud-based hosting – not sure what these terms mean – THANK GOD FOR JIM AND SERG!!)
For the last couple of years, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) has been working in partnership with Alabama 4-H to expand opportunities for youth to get involved with volunteer water monitoring. Youth can play an important role in watershed stewardship, and youth need opportunities for fun, hands-on experiences with science. The 4-H AWW partnership program contributes greatly to both of these needs.
Over the last few months, 4-H AWW activity has been blossoming in west Alabama. Anyone who was traveling on Hwy 56 near the small Washington County community of Hobson on July 22nd were undoubtedly curious as to what a group of kids hanging out under the bridge were doing. Besides catching a bass or two in Bassetts Creek, which runs under the bridge, these 4-H members were conducting their first official AWW sampling event!
We are sad to report the loss of one of our AWW family of volunteer monitors, Mr. Gary Collins from Talladega, Alabama. Gary passed away the morning of Friday, October 9th, 2015 on his way to work on his motorcycle when someone pulled out in front of him.