AWW Tiger Giving Project, Protect Alabama Waterways, Mini-grant Program

We are not currently receiving applications for the AWW Tiger Giving Project Mini-grant Program. We expect to re-open the opportunity in February 2019.

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!

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Meet Our New Staff Member, Rachel McGuire!

Rachel began her work with Alabama Water Watch and the AU Water Resources Center in May 2018, and officially became a full-time Research Associate with us in October 2018. Rachel conducts training workshops, develops new training and educational materials, works on research and grants, and has been instrumental in creating marketing and promotional materials for AWW! She is an AWWesome addition to the AWW Program Staff as she is extremely hard working, intuitive, creative, and a blast to have around the office!

We realize many of you have already communicated with Rachel, but we wanted to officially welcome her to the AWW family by doing a little bit of a Q&A. Read more below to get to know Rachel!

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Meet Zoe Nye: 4-H Ambassador and Water Watcher!

Zoe Nye is a junior at Ardmore High School in Limestone County. Through her participation with the Naturalist Studies Program at AHS, she became one of the first students certified as a 4-H AWW Water Monitor. In the three years that have followed, she has conducted regular monitoring under the supervision of her teacher, Staff Weems de Graffenried and 4-H Agent Chloe Wilson.

This past year, Zoe was selected as a 4-H Ambassador for Alabama. The 4-H Ambassador Program is a competitive program for high school level 4-H members throughout the state that provides youth with the opportunity to,

  Develop leadership, communication, and organizational skills;

 – Gain experience in planning, implementing and participating in statewide educational, leadership, and service-related programs; and

  Better understand the 4-H Youth Development Program.

4-H Ambassadors represent 4-H and Alabama at local, county, regional, and statewide programs and activities. They also participate in and lead community service initiatives. This is a highly esteemed position, and we are very proud of Zoe for her achievement.

Zoe took a moment to pose with an AWW Testing Kit while dressed as a 4-H Ambassador during Competitive Events Day!

We thought you’d like to hear more about Zoe’s experience with 4-H AWW and Alabama 4-H in general! Watch a short interview with Zoe HERE!


Congratulations on your achievements Zoe, and Happy Monitoring!

4-H AWW Limestone County Workshop

On September 21st, AWW Staff – Mona Dominguez and Sydney Smith returned to Ardmore School to conduct the third annual 4-H AWW Water Chemistry training for student members of the Naturalist Studies class led by teacher Starr Weems de Graffenried and supported by 4-H Regional Extension Agent for Limestone County, Chloe Wilson.  As always, AWW had a blast with the students who were conducting the chemistry practices like experts by the end of the day. Read more and see photos from the day here!

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