A Message From the Director

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Dear AWW Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you, but a heart filled with gratitude and purpose. As of October 1, I retired from Auburn University after 29 years of service. After hobbling around for a couple of months this past spring, I was diagnosed with ALS last July, which precipitated my retirement.

Recently, I recalled a coworker suggesting that, along with all of the fine watershed stewardship activities that we do, we should also take time to get out and enjoy the precious waters that flow through our state – that is my next major goal.

Eric and his wife, Maria, enjoying a float on the Paint Rock River.

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AWW Featured in College of Ag Alumni Magazine, “The Season”

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AWW was featured in an article in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s alumni magazine, The Season and on the Auburn University website homepage! The article covers highlights of AWW’s 25 years and includes interviews from Dr. Bill Deutsch, Eric Reutebuch, and Mona Dominguez. Read the article by clicking on the link below:

 

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Workshop Updates: University of Montevallo Environmental Club

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We had a great turnout this Saturday at the University of Montevallo’s Water Chemistry Workshop. We had nearly 30 students and we only expected 20! WOW!

AWW Citizen Trainer Flo Peters was assisted by recent UM graduate, Ryan Ahrendt in teaching Water Chemistry Monitoring principles and practices – both did an AWWsome job! Catch some of the action in the photos below:

AWWsome Trainer Flo Peters teaches students how to properly fill titrators for the Dissolved Oxygen test.

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Meet Our New Volunteer Coordinator, Sydney Smith!

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Sydney Smith officially began her role as AWW Volunteer Monitor Coordinator in July 2017. Her primary role is to provide support to our volunteer monitors and trainers. She accomplishes this by conducting and coordinating training workshops, processing water data, setting up new sampling sites, developing training materials, and maintaining regular communication with our volunteers. Sydney has been a wonderful addition to the AWW Program Staff as she is hard working, intelligent, and creative. On top of that she has a great attitude about her work with AWW and is lots of fun!

We realize many of you have already communicated with Sydney, but we wanted to give her an official welcome and tell you a little more about her with a little Q & A.

Sydney (in front of canoe) enjoying a float on the Cahaba during the AWW 25th Anniversary Celebration

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There’s an App for That!

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The Official Alabama Water Watch App is here! Our app is FREE and available for download on Google Play and the Apple Store. The AWW App was made possible through the Auburn University Water Resources Center, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

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New Online Data Entry!

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On AWW data and water monitoring data entry …

The AWW database is closing in on 90,000 water monitoring data records and with all of that data comes a need for efficient data management! Since 2002, the majority of water data has been submitted electronically by certified AWW monitors. Even with all of our years of experience managing the AWW database and web tools, AWW has to learn and adapt every day in order to keep up with constantly changing technology. In addition, we have to balance the changing needs of our volunteers and waterbodies.

With this in mind, we would like to introduce you to our newest online data entry system that was developed in an effort to provide monitors with an improved data entry and review process. Our tests of the new system have received positive feedback.

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