If you are a certified AWW monitor and need some help to get started monitoring at an orphaned site or a new site, in the form of a water chemistry test kit, water chemistry reagents to refill an existing kit, or bacteria supplies, this mini-grant program is for you!
Below are a couple of updates relative to 1) reporting fish kills, and 2) advising on consumption of contaminated fish.
- Reporting Fish Kills:
Please help the good folks in the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) in documenting and diagnosing fish kills in Alabama Waters by calling them ASAP when you witness a fish kill at:
Operation Game Watch line at 1-800-272-GAME(4263) (http://www.outdooralabama.com/reporting-freshwater-fish-kills)
Note that time is of the essence in diagnosing fish kills since waters are typically moving/flowing and water quality conditions are changing. AWW also recommends that when you witness a fish kill:
- Take digital pictures of the dead fish
- Conduct water chemistry testing if you are an AWW monitor and have the water chemistry test kit (to evaluate critical parameters including dissolved oxygen and pH)
- Conduct bacteriological testing if you are an AWW monitor and have the bacteriological testing supplies (if E. coli/bacteria counts are high, this could indicate a sewage spill that could lead to DO depletion as sewage decomposes in the water)
- Fish Consumption Advisories:
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and ADEM sample fish and compile an annual Fish Consumption Advisory. Fish Consumption Advisories offer information about fish from Alabama rivers and lakes that may be contaminated. This information enables people to make informed choices about which fish and how much fish to eat.
Visit the ADPH website for the 2017 advisory document: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/tox/fish-advisories.html
Keep watching the water, and thanks for your stewardship efforts in protecting our premiere waters!
I hope that all are having an enjoyable summer, and have time to recreate on and in our world-class waters here in Alabama. Below are a couple of updates relative to bacterial contamination of our surface waters, and our AWW bacteriological data entry that we wanted to bring to your attention:
New ADEM Bacteriological Criteria
Last fall, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) was contacted by Flotilla Commander Jake Shaw, Director of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGA) at Auburn University. Commander Shaw, and the AU CGA cadets were interested in AWW and how water monitoring might mesh with their mission to be involved in environmental stewardship. After an introductory presentation on AWW, they felt that becoming AWW-certified in water monitoring would be a great fit!
2017 Alabama Water Watch Awards
Several individuals and groups were recognized during the AWW 25th Anniversary Celebration. Continue reading
Who could have imagined back in the early days of AWW how far-reaching the program’s impacts would be 25 years later. Read about some of AWW’s impressive achievements in Eric’s recent AWWareness Article: AWW Celebrates 25 Years of Watching the Water.
Over the weekend of May 20th, volunteers, supporters, and friends of AWW joined together at the Living River Retreat on the Cahaba near Montevallo to celebrate the achievements and importance of AWW over the last 25 years. Here are a few highlights from the celebration.
The day began with a welcome that included recognition of the AWW Association board members, volunteer trainers, and monitors by AWW Director, Eric Reutebuch. Each of the twelve trainers present received a poster of the America’s Amazon Infographic in recognition of his or her valuable contributions to AWW.