AWW has been blessed with some fabulous folks over the years who have given of their time, talent and treasure to the betterment of the Program. Here is a recent example.
We here at the AWW office were asked recently about what we’d like to have done in the form of an infographic by our IT assistant, Jennie Powers. She needed to develop an infographic for a class she is taking here at AU. I thought for about half a second and said ALABAMA’S AWESOME AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY! In my unbiased opinion, I believe that every child (and adult) in Alabama should know that this state ranks NUMBER ONE among all 50 states in aquatic biodiversity (including freshwater fish, snails, mollusks, crayfish and turtles!, see Biodiversity in Alabama and Fishes of Alabama)! The hundreds of beautiful fish species that inhabit our waters (325 native freshwater species and 100 or more marine species – wow!) are true treasures that every Alabamian should be proud of, and cherish! Several rival tropical reef fishes in their colorful beauty! Here are a few of my favorites:
Rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum)
Last month’s issue of Lake Magazine featured a wonderful story by a long-time AWW monitor about her personal experiences of monitoring on Lake Martin over the past two decades, and why it is important to keep it up. Kathryn Braund, volunteer water monitor and Lake Watch of Lake Martin past-president and current Board member, has been making monthly trips down to her dock with her AWW water chemistry test kit since 1996!
Click here to read Kathryn’s story
After weathering a challenging year, AWW is sitting on solid ground, thanks to a visionary new director, dedicated AWW staff, dedicated volunteer trainers and hundreds of dedicated volunteer water monitors throughout the state. In 2015, our aging AWW in-house and online databases were shut down, and our AU Water Resources Center Director, Dr. Fowler, retired. Under the leadership of our new Director, Dr. Puneet Srivastava, we weathered the storm, and have emerged even stronger. Read about the AWW staff and volunteers’ collective efforts to preserve and protect the waters of Alabama in our AWW 2015 Annual Report.
AWW 2015 Annual Report
AWW Director, Eric Reutebuch, had the pleasure and the privilege of presenting the 2016 ‘Smith State of the Lake Address’ to a packed house at the Smith Lake Civic Association Building near Jasper, AL last week. Eric was thrilled to see such a large, enthusiastic crowd gathered to learn about watershed stewardship!
SLCA President, John Kulbitskas, welcomes the record crowd to the SLCA annual meeting and the Smith ‘State of the Lake Address.’
Eric explaining to Smith Lake stakeholders how exceptionally clean and precious their lake is, and watershed stewardship actions they can take to keep it that way.
We have some exciting news – the AWW data graphs are back! Thanks to the exceptional dedication of our database gurus, Jim Johnson and Sergio (below), and their hundreds of hours of grinding through many new technological database and web-hosting challenges (SQL, Visual Studio, Cloud-based hosting – not sure what these terms mean – THANK GOD FOR JIM AND SERG!!)
AWW’s Santas – Jim Johnson and Sergio grinding through SQL, HTML and who knows what else!
For the last couple of years, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) has been working in partnership with Alabama 4-H to expand opportunities for youth to get involved with volunteer water monitoring. Youth can play an important role in watershed stewardship, and youth need opportunities for fun, hands-on experiences with science. The 4-H AWW partnership program contributes greatly to both of these needs.
Over the last few months, 4-H AWW activity has been blossoming in west Alabama. Anyone who was traveling on Hwy 56 near the small Washington County community of Hobson on July 22nd were undoubtedly curious as to what a group of kids hanging out under the bridge were doing. Besides catching a bass or two in Bassetts Creek, which runs under the bridge, these 4-H members were conducting their first official AWW sampling event!
Autumn Younge conducting the dissolved oxygen test and Flo Peters guiding 4-H AWW club members through water chemistry tests on the banks of Bassetts Creek in Hobson.