Spring Training Recap

Volunteer Trainer Intern Anne Krichten demonstrates how to measure air temperature with a group at the Birmingham Zoo. Photo Credit: Sydney Zinner

AWW Staff and Volunteer Trainers have been busy bees this spring! Many organizations have started back hosting in-person events and activities, and folks were eager to get certified (or recertified) as AWW Volunteer Monitors!

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AWW Tiger Giving Project, Protect Alabama Waterways, Mini-grant Program

WE ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING APPLICATIONS FOR THE AWW TIGER GIVING PROJECT MINI-GRANT PROGRAM!!

2022 Application: https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_daIXmygs0Vctd4O

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!

Please note: Funding is limited and demands are high for monitoring supplies among our volunteers. Please, only request materials if you are serious about your plans to monitor

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Alabama Rivers Educator Workshop @ Cheaha State Park

In 2019, we facilitated several AL Rivers Educator Workshops, based on the book, Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge by Dr. Bill Deutsch, funded by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

Due to the high interest in the workshops, we were able to secure funding for more workshops and a second edition of the Educator’s Guide to Alabama Rivers curriculum from MidSouth RC&D. Unfortunately, the three workshops planned in 2020 had to be cancelled due to COVID. Needless to say, we were so excited to be back at it again with an Alabama Rivers Educator Workshop at Cheaha State Park on October 2!

Dr. Deutsch introduces the lesson, “Springs, Spirits, and Spas” prior to the afternoon hike.
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Educators Explore Pathogen Pollution in Our Waters

Project educators measure air temperature at the sampling site on Weeks Bay.

In 2019, 4-H Alabama Water Watch received funding through the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration’s Bays and Watershed Education Training Program (NOAA B-WET) to support the 4-H AWW Project, Exploring and Mitigating Pathogen Pollution in Our Waters.

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2021 Alabama Fish Consumption Advisories

Catfish Image credit: Shutterstock

Refer to the 2020 Alabama Fish Advisory blog for the basics of fish consumption advisories, including what they are and what they mean.

To view the entire list of advisories, access the publication from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/tox/assets/al-fish-advisory-2021.pdf

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