This year’s participants in the 28th Annual Alabama Water Resources Conference, www.aaes.auburn.edu/water/alabama-water-resources-conference were treated to a presentation on the phenomenal success of Global Water Watch (GWW) in Mexico. GWW a program based at Auburn University, and GWW, Inc. an incorporated nonprofit organization, promote community-based watershed monitoring throughout the world, see www.globalwaterwatch.org
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Sarah Juliana Dominguez finally arrived after taking the ‘scenic route’ in the delivery room (according to an exhausted but ecstatic Mommy Mona – Daddy Ariel looks pretty whooped too)!
Sarah Juliana dreaming about water monitoring
Sarah Juliana still dreaming about water monitoring
Daddy with Sarah Juliana
Mommy with Sarah Juliana
On Saturday, June 28th volunteer monitors, members of the Alabama Water Watch Association and other AWW supporters gathered in Auburn, AL at the AWW Program Office in the CASIC building (Center for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Commerce) for the AWW Annual Get-Together. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to this event. It was a great day with wonderful people, great information, and good food. For all who were unable to attend, you were missed. The following AWWareness articles will provide you with a summary of what was shared during the meeting.
Dr. Sam Fowler, Director of the AU Water Resources Center, welcomes all to the AWW Annual Meeting
After a delicious dinner catered by Zoe’s Kitchen, and an enjoyable time of fellowship, attendees were provided an update on AWW Program activities and accomplishments.
Rita Grub shares AWW Accomplishments for the past year.
Dr. Bill Deutsch provided a few other AWW Program Updates, the centerpiece of his talk being his announcement that he is stepping down as Director of the AWW Program after about 22 years. Bill officially retired from Auburn University last June, and received Research Fellow, Emeritus status with AU. He has continued to work part-time and serve as the leader of AWW which has been ever so helpful during this year of greatchanges. Bill will continue to work with AWW and GWW, but felt it was time to pass the baton of Director.
The Alabama Water Watch Association, the 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and extending the impact of AWW, provided an update of recent activity. The highlight of these updates included an announcement of major changes to the AWWA membership policy for 2014 by Michael Freeman, Advisory Board Member of the AWWA. In an effort to update and build the AWWA membership database, all current monitors/donors and any monitors certified in the coming months will receive a free year of AWWA membership that will expire on June 30th, 2015. In the years to come, the AWW Annual Get-Together will be the time for annual membership campaign. Memberships will continue to be based on a rolling calendar, for instance if you join in November, your membership will be valid until the following November. In 2015, new, simpler donor levels and new benefits to AWWA members will be presented during the Annual Meeting.
Although membership will be offered at no charge for the coming year, this does not mean that AWW does not need support. If you have been a member or donor to AWWA in the past, thank you and please consider donating this year. AWWA provides important services like website maintenance, support of the Trainers Program, and other special initiatives that require extra funding. In the current fiscal year, the AWWA has received approximately $4,000 in memberships and donations. Let’s see if we end the year on September 30th with more than $5,000!