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 with local high schools – the City provided a safe location and AWW test kits for the outing.
Sam Fowler, Rita Grub, Billy Earle, Eric Reutebuch Bill Deutsch, Mona Dominguez, Sergio Ruiz-Córdova, & Mary Szoka
Message from the Director:
Thanks to an army of dedicated AWW citizen volunteers, 2014 turned out to be a very good year for AWW! Continue reading
It is impossible to talk with teacher and 4-H Club Sponsor, Christina Turner without getting excited about the limitless possibilities we have as adults to make a difference in kids’ lives. Click here for ‘the rest of the story.’
Christina and friends getting trained in AWW water chemistry monitoring protocols in Huntsville in September 2013
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
by Rita Grub
Alabama Water Watch congratulates Katie Morris, AWW monitor and recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, which represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. To accomplish this goal, Katie had to design and propose a sustainable project that would benefit her community.
Katie conducting water chemistry monitoring at Shoal Creek