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!
Sergio Ruiz-Cordova is the Data Coordinator of Alabama Water Watch and a 2019 recipient of the Spirit of Sustainability Award. This award was created to honor Auburn University students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are making significant contributions toward sustainability on campus or in the community. Having dedicated his entire career to researching sustainable solutions in water quality and quantity, Sergio meets and exceeds these qualifications.
Growing up in Guatemala, Sergio realized the importance of
living sustainably from a young age. In a home without electricity or running
water, Sergio and his family relied on the local river for basic needs like washing
and cooking. Because of the country’s seasonal droughts, rain was not always a reliable
water source. “My mother loved her plants,” Sergio says, “So during the dry
season we would have to use the river to water them.” The lessons he learned
from living with what he had have stuck with Sergio to this day and are a source
of the inspiration that led him to pursue a career in sustainability.
It was while Sergio was living in Georgia in 1993 that he
first heard of Dr. Bill Deutsch, the founder of Alabama Water Watch (AWW).
Several friends of Sergio’s studying aquaculture in Guatemala had come to
Auburn to participate in one of Deutsch’s Aquaculture Training Programs. It was
one of these friends who later encouraged Sergio to reach out to Deutsch, which
he did just months after he was funded to start the AWW Program. The two hit it
off immediately, and Sergio has been dedicated to the Program ever since.
Sergio’s belief that we can empower citizens by providing them with access to knowledge, awareness, and skills that can bring about positive change in local and global water systems and communities, has driven him to support these programs for over 25 years. He is known for his technical prowess and was an integral part in the creation of AWW’s online database. This database grants public access to 93,000 data records that have worked toward securing protections for Alabama’s waterbodies as well as providing a source for information for Alabama’s citizens.
Sergio has also been instrumental in establishing several
other Water Watch Programs throughout the U.S. as well as in other countries
with Global Water Watch (GWW). Because of his background in Spanish, his work
with GWW began in Ecuador in 1994, where he taught and worked alongside the
Quechuan people to further their water health education. Since then, Sergio has
helped implement GWW Programs in the states of Washington and Mississippi as
well as a program in Mexico, which now has water monitors in half of its
In his down-time, Sergio enjoys engaging in volunteer
monitoring throughout the Auburn area. Over the years, he has personally
submitted over 2,400 water quality data records for the AWW Program! He also
practices sustainability on a more personal level in which he maintains an
organic garden, keeps chickens, and aims to run a marathon in all 50 states.
Sergio’s impacts on sustainability are obvious. His lifelong
commitment to the health and security of waterbodies has been an inspiration to
those around him as well as to other volunteer water monitoring programs around
the world. His tireless efforts will continue to impact the Water Watch community
for generations, which only furthers his relationship with sustainability.
There has been a change in the packaging of the BCG-MR Indicator Tablets (order code T-2311-J). The tablets for the Total Alkalinity test are now being packaged in blister packs (as seen below) rather than in a glass bottle. The order code for the tablets has also slightly changed, to T-2311-A.
The change is intended to extend the shelf life and prevent tablets from breaking apart due to moisture.
The box the blister packs come in (see image above) is identical to the box used for the Hardness #6 Tablets and can fit into AWW Kits if laid on their side and placed on top of the turbidity tubes (right photo below).
We recommend that you take out one set of 10 tablets (pictured left, below), label them for the test they are used for (Hardness or Alkalinity) and place them in your kit.
Please contact the AWW Office with any other questions or concerns.
Alabama officially became the US’s 22nd state on December 14, 1819. This year marks the culmination of a three year celebration called “Alabama 200” led by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission to recognize the people, places, and events that form our rich history. Dr. Bill Deutsch’s recently released book, Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge, that highlights the human history and natural wonders that have defined Alabama is endorsed by Alabama 200.
On Oct. 16, AWW Staffers Mona and Sydney had the pleasure of touring the Dog River Watershed with the best tour guides anyone could ask for – Debi Foster, Executive Director of Dog River Clearwater Revival (DRCR), Dr. Mimi Fearn, long time AWW monitor and trainer and member of DRCR, and Eric Holladay, a dedicated AWW monitor and member of DRCR.