New 4-H Alabama Water Watch Project: Exploring Pathogen Pollution in Our Waters

Are you an educator, or do you know of an educator who would like to engage your students with citizen science and watershed stewardship?  We are currently recruiting educators from coastal counties to help us pilot the new 4-H AWW Project “Exploring Pathogen Pollution in Our Waters.”

This project is supported by a grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bays and Watershed Education Training (BWET) Program. Project participation will begin with a two-day, paid Professional Development Workshop at Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on June 3-4, 2020.

During the 2020-2021 school year, participating schools will receive the materials and support needed to engage students in coastal counties in meaningful educational experiences  focused on understanding, detecting, and mitigating pathogen pollution in local waters.

Throughout the project, educators and students will become certified Alabama Water Watch Bacteriological Monitors who will collect and analyze bacteriological water data from their local watersheds. Educators and students will be supported as they implement an on-the-ground stewardship project related to pathogen pollution.

Participating educators will receive food and lodging during the Professional Development workshop, continuing education units and a stipend for their participation.

Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, we are rescheduling the Professional Development Workshop for June 2021. In the coming months, AWW will pilot project activities with educators who intend to participate in the project.

We will post an updated project packet and info including the following as soon as possible.

  • New Professional Development Workshop Dates
  • Updated application
  • How to sign up to have activities piloted with students

Check out our Project Packet above to find detailed descriptions of each aspect of the project including:

  • AWW and 4-H AWW Programs
  • Project Goals, Objectives, and Importance
  • Project Curriculum
  • Benefits to Educators
  • Commitment of Participating Educators
  • How to Apply

The deadline to apply is April 13, 2020.

Don’t miss out, and please help us spread the word to other educators in the project area!

Contact awwprog@auburn.edu or 334-844-4785 with any questions.

2 Replies to “New 4-H Alabama Water Watch Project: Exploring Pathogen Pollution in Our Waters”

  1. Currently, I homeschool my son whom is a 6th grader. Our place of residence is Etowah County and I am interested in this program should it ever reach Etowah County. Please keep me updated on anything he may be allowed to participate in at this point in time.

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