AU grad student spreading the word – Watershed Stewardship!

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Rasika Ramesh is a doctoral student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Her research focuses on modeling hydrology and water quality of headwater wetlands in Alabama’s Coastal Plain to understand how they function. In her spare time, she has a passion for conducting outreach related to watershed stewardship to young and old alike. Check out her recent effort at Mama Mocha’s in Auburn.

Rasika explaining the importance of viewing the landscape in terms of watersheds.

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Stephen Tsikalas, AWW trainer & monitor extraordinaire!

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Stephen Tsikalas attended his first AWW workshops in 2014. He got certified as both a water chemistry and bacteriological monitor, then, in 2015, advanced to become an AWW trainer. He has integrated AWW water monitoring into his Geography curriculum at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches. Water quality monitoring provides the students with real-world beyond-the-classroom field experience that melds seamlessly into their Geography studies. Over the past two years, Stephen and his students have monitored local streams and springs in the Jacksonville area, and Stephen has conducted or assisted in several AWW trainings, certifying more than 75 new citizen volunteer monitors!

Stephen monitoring water chemistry at local stream near Gadsden.

Stephen monitoring water chemistry at local stream near Jacksonville.

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Homer Singleton, AWW trainer & monitor extraordinaire!

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Homer Singleton attended his first AWW workshop in Elberta, Alabama in the Wolf Bay Watershed in 2003.  In October 2007, with four years of monitoring under his belt, Homer got certified as both a water chemistry and bacteriological monitoring trainer.  Since that time he has conducted or helped conduct 74 workshops22 recertification sessions, and has issued more than 371 certifications to over 186 volunteer monitors –  WOW- what an impact!. In recognition of his outstanding service as an AWW trainer, Alabama Water Watch was honored to present Homer with the 2013 Trainer of the Year Award. Click here for award article.

Homer receiving the AWW Trainer Of The Year Award from Dr. Deutsch in 2013.

Homer receiving the AWW Trainer Of The Year Award from Dr. Deutsch in 2013.

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New AWW Instructional Videos – they’re AWW-some!

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Hey there, Water Watchers!

For all of our visual learners out there, or those of you who need a refresher on your water testing skills, check out our new and improved YouTube channel! Our student intern Sam was tasked with the creation of instructional videos for all of our water testing methods, and we think they are pretty AWW-some. These videos are intended to emphasize the most important steps and tips in our protocols clearly and succinctly, perfect for refreshing your skills or gaining a better understanding after attending one of our workshops!

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