MeOWW (Meet Our Water Watchers) – John Kulbitskas, AWW trainer & monitor extraordinaire!

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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!

John musters a record crowd of 92 stakeholders for a standing-room-only crowd at the annual Smith Lake Civic Association meeting in January, 2016.

John musters a record crowd of 92 stakeholders for a standing-room-only crowd at the annual Smith Lake Civic Association meeting in January, 2016.

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Smith Lake folks enthusiastic about lake stewardship!

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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!

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SLCA President, John Kulbitskas, welcomes the record crowd to the SLCA annual meeting and the Smith ‘State of the Lake Address.’

Eric explaining to Smith Lake stakeholders how exceptionally clean and precious their lake is, and watershed stewardship actions they can take to keep it that way.

Eric explaining to Smith Lake stakeholders how exceptionally clean and precious their lake is, and watershed stewardship actions they can take to keep it that way.

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The Best AWW Christmas Ever!

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Water Watchers,
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!!)

AWW's Santas - Jim Johnson and Sergio grinding through SQL, HTML and who knows what else!

AWW’s Santas – Jim Johnson and Sergio grinding through SQL, HTML and who knows what else!

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Washington County 4-H Watches the Water

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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!

Autumn Younge conducting the dissolved oxygen test and Flo Peters guiding 4-H AWW club members through chemistry tests on the banks of Bassetts Creek in Hobson.

Autumn Younge conducting the dissolved oxygen test and Flo Peters guiding 4-H AWW club members through water chemistry tests on the banks of Bassetts Creek in Hobson.

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We miss you, Gary

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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.

Gary enjoying the waters of his beloved lake

Gary enjoying the waters of his beloved lake

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