AWW Friends and Volunteers Recognized with Spirit of Sustainability Awards

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Each spring, the Auburn University Office of Sustainability recognizes individuals and groups that exemplify the Auburn spirit by making significant contributions toward sustainability on campus or in a community at any point along the Sustainability Compass: Nature, Economy, Society, and Wellbeing with the Spirit of Sustainability Awards.

Several of AWW’s supporters and volunteer monitors  were recognized with Spirit of Sustainability Awards in 2016: Dan Ballard, Michael Freeman, and Brian & Elizabeth Simpson. We are so proud to have these exceptional individuals as part of the AWW Family! Thanks and keep up the good work!

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AWW on solid ground thanks to AAES and ACES support

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Water monitors from throughout Alabama came together Saturday, June 25th to celebrate 24 years of watching the water. Alabama Water Watch (AWW) hosted their annual meeting on the Auburn University campus. Eric Reutebuch, AWW Director, welcomed the crowd, congratulated AWW volunteer monitors and trainers on their efforts, and extended AWW’s gratitude for support provided by both the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).

Dr. Patterson addressing water watchers at the 2016 AWW Annual Meeting.

Dr. Patterson addressing water watchers at the 2016 AWW Annual Meeting.

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AWW Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Dick and Mary Ann Bronson

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Since its beginnings in 1992 under Dr. Bill Deutsch, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) has worked with phenomenal volunteers throughout the state who have given of their time, talents and treasure to further AWW’s mission of improving both water quality and water policy through citizen monitoring and action. Dr. Deutsch awarded the first AWW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 to Mr. Ray Kelley, an environmental leader in north Alabama, a long-time AWW monitor, trainer and member of the AWWA Board of Directors. The award was initiated to recognize individuals who exemplified a spirit of watershed stewardship above-and-beyond the call of duty. Ray Kelley definitely fit the bill!

Mary Ann and Dick conducting a stream bioassessment in a tributary of Lake Martin.

Mary Ann and Dick conducting a stream bioassessment in a tributary of Lake Martin.

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Sydney Smith, AWW trainer & monitor extraordinaire!

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Sydney Smith is a welcome addition to the AWW family as both a monitor and a trainer. She started monitoring a couple of years back while pursuing her studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Auburn University. She quickly pursued becoming an AWW trainer last year, and conducted her first Water Chemistry and Bacteriological Monitoring workshops last month! Her enthusiastic, altruistic spirit is evident from the moment you meet her!

The moment Sydney's interest in water resources began in Monkey Park, Opelika!

The moment Sydney’s interest in water resources began in Monkey Park, Opelika (note her levitation; a few years ago)!

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AWW Infographic 2.0

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You may recall our previous AWWareness blog article, AWWsome Infographic! .  We were thrilled to receive an all-time record number of responses to the post, requesting use of the beautiful infographic that Miss Jennie Powers created as an AU class project. Folks from all over the state asked if they could use the new infographic in their education and outreach efforts. Our answer – DEFINITELY, PLEASE DO! Jennie, in all of her kindness, gifted her work to AWW, and would be thrilled if you/your group/your school/your agency would utilize her work to increase awareness of our bountiful aquatic biodiversity here in Alabama. Continue reading