City of Daphne purchases AWW water testing kits for local volunteers

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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

Youth Leadership Program environmental field trip with local high schools – the City provided a safe location and AWW test kits for the outing.

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Smiths Station is watching its water!

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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

Lisa Pippin-Hall measuring hardness in a stream near Smiths Station

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Local Community supports Water Watchers

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Save Our Saugahatchee water monitors got some great news at their last group meeting in mid-October – funding from local government to support their ongoing water monitoring activities in the Saugahatchee Watershed! This was extremely welcome and important news on several fronts:

  • SOS has very limited financial resources,
  • given the ongoing rapid development, the Saugahatchee Watershed needs TLC now more than ever, and
  • support by local governmental entities equates to them ‘buying-in’ to Alabama Water Watch’s Community-based Watershed Stewardship model – a big boost for SOS monitoring and watershed stewardship efforts!
Cliff Webber and Eric Reutebuch (on left, SOS board member and president) ceremonially receive support for annual water monitoring supplies from Joey Hundley, Dan Ballard and Scott Parker (center and to the right, representing Lee County, City of Auburn and City of Opelika).

Cliff Webber and Eric Reutebuch (on left, SOS board member and president) ceremonially receive support for annual water monitoring supplies from Joey Hundley, Dan Ballard and Scott Parker (center and to the right, representing Lee County, City of Auburn and City of Opelika).

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AWW monitor wins Gold Award

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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

Katie conducting water chemistry monitoring at Shoal Creek

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