Alabama Water Watch and Wolf Bay Watershed Watch (WBWW) were showcased in the Ecological Society of America’s publication Issues in Ecology – Investing in Citizen Science Can Improve Natural Resource Management and Environmental Protection.
Two Alabama Water Watch volunteer monitors, Beth Prior (Auburn High School student) and Sydney Smith (AU student), have compiled various forms of data about Parkerson Mill Creek on Auburn University’s campus, with the goal of highlighting negative impacts on the stream and encouraging landscape managers to address them.
Mike Shelton works as Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the beautiful Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve near Fairhope, Alabama. He has introduced thousands of folks, youth and adults, to the wonders of coastal Alabama, and in the process has instilled in them a great appreciation for our state’s precious and abundant biodiversity.
In his spare time, Mike has been serving as a Trainer-Extraordinaire with Alabama Water Watch. In the past 15 years, he as conducted 91 AWW workshops (Water Chemistry Monitoring workshops, Bacteriological Monitoring workshops, Stream Biomonitoring workshops, Water Monitor Recertification workshops, and AWW Train-the-Trainer workshops), certifying or recertifying 595 folks in the process – WOW! Continue reading
Taylor Steele has a long career in environmental education and public outreach, and currently serves as Volunteer Coordinator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Prior to that, he served as the resident manager for Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College for three years. Before that he was the Director of Science Education for five years at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. In addition, he previously worked at McWane Science Center with the GLOBE Program as the Environmental Science Coordinator. Taylor has also served as a naturalist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Parks Division. He has an academic background in Environmental/ Conservation Studies from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
by Stephen G. Tsikalas, Ph.D. and Jade Patolo, M.S.
Established in February of 2014 by Jade Patolo with the assistance of Ms. Francine Hutchinson and Dr. Stephen Tsikalas, the Jacksonville River Monitors (JRM) are a group of citizen and student scientists concerned about water quality and land-use management in the Coosa River Basin. Our monitors receive training through Alabama Water Watch (AWW) in water chemistry (pH, temp, turbidity, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, hardness) and bacteriology [Escherichia coli (E. coli) and other coliforms] methods for fresh water.
On June 13th, the AWW Annual Meeting took place in Auburn, AL. You can read the highlights from this great get-together in the previous blog article: Who’s watching our water
One of our favorite things to do during the AWW Annual Meeting is to recognize several of the dedicated volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the year.
Through the years, there are several awards that have become AWW standards. The Mullen Award is one of those quintessential awards. This award is intended to recognize the individual who has submitted more water data records than any other monitor during the last 12 months. It is called the Mullen Award because Mike and Alice Mullen turn in such a large amount of records each year that no one else can ever beat them. We thought that naming the award after them was only appropriate! This year Mike submitted 318 records and Alice submitted 107! That’s a lot of hours streamside!!