Students from Geraldine, North Sand Mountain and Sardis high schools recently received awards for their Earth Team projects in water monitoring. Chip Blanton, FFA instructor at Fort Payne High School, trained area students in water quality monitoring techniques developed by Alabama Water Watch (AWW). AWW has worked for the past two decades developing water chemistry, bacteriological and stream biomonitoring techniques and training citizen volunteers throughout the state to become water monitors . AWW also conducts train-the-trainer workshops to train and certify volunteer trainers. Mr. Blanton was trained as an AWW trainer, and has conducted over a dozen water monitoring workshops in the Fort Payne-area.