Stephen Tsikalas, AWW trainer & monitor extraordinaire!

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Stephen Tsikalas attended his first AWW workshops in 2014. He got certified as both a water chemistry and bacteriological monitor, then, in 2015, advanced to become an AWW trainer. He has integrated AWW water monitoring into his Geography curriculum at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches. Water quality monitoring provides the students with real-world beyond-the-classroom field experience that melds seamlessly into their Geography studies. Over the past two years, Stephen and his students have monitored local streams and springs in the Jacksonville area, and Stephen has conducted or assisted in several AWW trainings, certifying more than 75 new citizen volunteer monitors!

Stephen monitoring water chemistry at local stream near Gadsden.

Stephen monitoring water chemistry at local stream near Jacksonville.

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Homer Singleton, AWW trainer & monitor extraordinaire!

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Homer Singleton attended his first AWW workshop in Elberta, Alabama in the Wolf Bay Watershed in 2003.  In October 2007, with four years of monitoring under his belt, Homer got certified as both a water chemistry and bacteriological monitoring trainer.  Since that time he has conducted or helped conduct 74 workshops22 recertification sessions, and has issued more than 371 certifications to over 186 volunteer monitors –  WOW- what an impact!. In recognition of his outstanding service as an AWW trainer, Alabama Water Watch was honored to present Homer with the 2013 Trainer of the Year Award. Click here for award article.

Homer receiving the AWW Trainer Of The Year Award from Dr. Deutsch in 2013.

Homer receiving the AWW Trainer Of The Year Award from Dr. Deutsch in 2013.

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New AWW Instructional Videos – they’re AWW-some!

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Hey there, Water Watchers!

For all of our visual learners out there, or those of you who need a refresher on your water testing skills, check out our new and improved YouTube channel! Our student intern Sam was tasked with the creation of instructional videos for all of our water testing methods, and we think they are pretty AWW-some. These videos are intended to emphasize the most important steps and tips in our protocols clearly and succinctly, perfect for refreshing your skills or gaining a better understanding after attending one of our workshops!

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Au Revoir, Keep It Flowing! A Message from Rita

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I really like what the French say when they part.  They say “Au revoir”, which more or less means “until the next time we see each other.”

After more than eight wonderful years of being a member of the Alabama Water Watch staff, I’ve decided to step away from that official capacity and return to being a volunteer.  Volunteers are the bedrock foundation of this program, and without you, the Volunteer, there would be no Water Watch.  Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment.

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Christian Miller, AWW trainer & supporter extraordinaire!

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Christian Miller has been working in extension/outreach activities since 2004, first in Florida, and then in south Alabama. Christian joined the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium outreach team as an extension specialist in 2009. He works out of the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center in Mobile, Alabama, and his work focuses on nonpoint source pollution. He serves as the Alabama- Mississippi Clean Marina Program coordinator and the Coastal Alabama Clean Water Partnership facilitator. Along with all of this great work, he found time to become an AWW trainer too! Since becoming certified as an AWW trainer in 2014, Christian has coordinated numerous trainings along Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.

Christian wrestling a Dixey Bar Redfish.

Christian wrestling a Dixey Bar Redfish.

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Judy Palfrey, AWW trainer & monitor extraordinaire!

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Judy has been water monitoring, educating youth about environmental stewardship and training volunteer monitors in central Alabama, along with working full-time (until recently), over the past couple of decades. She has monitored both water chemistry and bacteria in the Montgomery area and in the Lake Martin area, and submitted over 100 data records from 13 different sites to the AWW database! She became certified in both water chemistry and bacteriological monitoring, and has conducted numerous workshops in both.

Dadeville Elementary School students get hands-on science lesson from Lake Watch of Lake Martin water monitor and trainer, Judy Palfrey (source: Cliff Williams /The Record, 5/14/2015).

Dadeville Elementary School students get hands-on science lesson from Lake Watch of Lake Martin water monitor and trainer, Judy Palfrey (source: Cliff Williams /The Record, 5/14/2015).

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