AWW Data to Action: How the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Uses AWW Data

Alabama Water Watch volunteers spend hours collecting, entering, and analyzing data each month with the intention of improving water quality in Alabama. It is important that our volunteers and supporters have a better understanding of how this valuable data is used and who exactly is using it.

Volunteer Monitors Janne and Gary test for Total Hardness.
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Alabama Flash Drought

UPDATE: SE Drought is Slowly Receding (more info below)

What is a “Flash” Drought?

A flash drought is the rapid onset of drought. While conventional drought is mainly driven by a lack of precipitation, flash drought is often caused by a combination of abnormally high temperatures, winds, and/or incoming radiation that leads to abnormally high evapotranspiration rates (read more).  After enduring one of the hottest and driest Septembers on record, Alabama and the vast majority of the Southeast are currently in flash drought conditions.

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Expert View: Toxic Algal Blooms

UPDATE: Free stakeholder meeting during 10th US Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) symposium on November 6th. (More info below)

Dr. Alan Wilson is a professor in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences in the College of Agriculture. Dr. Wilson has offered his thoughts on recent news stories of pet deaths related to poor water quality, specifically freshwater algal blooms.

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