There’s an app for that!

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With the assistance of AWW volunteer monitors from Lake Watch of Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake Protection Association, AWW completed a bacteriological study of public swim beaches on the two lakes last fall. Along with information about the levels of bacteria found in the water and in the sand/sediment below the water, the Lake Watch folks worked closely with the good folks at Wind Creek State Park and established the first Swim Guide site on Lake Martin. Continue reading

City of Daphne purchases AWW water testing kits for local volunteers

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by Ashley Campbell, CPESC, Environmental Program’s Manager, City of Daphne

The City Daphne is an ADEM permitted Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).  As part of the City’s implementation of its Stormwater Management Program Plan, the City purchased water test kits to introduce citizens to volunteer water monitoring.

Youth Leadership Program environmental field trip

Youth Leadership Program environmental field trip with local high schools – the City provided a safe location and AWW test kits for the outing.

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Smiths Station is watching its water!

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Many smaller cities and communities in Alabama may have been wailing and gnashing their teeth back a few years ago after the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) released its General Phase II MS4 Stormwater Permit requirements. As part of these requirements, smaller communities had to develop a stormwater management program to prevent pollutants in stormwater from flushing into their stormwater sewers and local streams. The program had to include drafting a stormwater management plan, implementing a stormwater monitoring program, conducting a stormwater/nonpoint source pollution outreach program, and submitting an annual stormwater report to ADEM. The merits of government regulations can be debated, but the fact is, the Phase II requirements are here to stay, and small communities started searching for efficient ways to meet the Phase II requirements from ADEM.

Lisa Pippin-Hall measuring hardness in a stream near Smiths Station

Lisa Pippin-Hall measuring hardness in a stream near Smiths Station

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