AWW Success Stories

Volunteer monitoring groups have employed the AWW Exploring Our Living Streams (EOLS) curriculum, monitoring techniques and water data for environmental education and to positively impact community attitudes, water quality and water policy.

Environmental Education 

Dozens of teachers have taken the EOLS workshops or have collaborated with AWW on various outreach events and projects to bring science and biology to life inside and beyond the classroom. One study showed that Alabama students who were taught with the EOLS curriculum, along with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service program Classroom in the Forest, over a four year period increased their Stanford Achievement Test scores (SAT 9 and SAT 10) from 50% to 70% (click here for details).

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Restoration and Protection 

Monitor groups have put their water data to work by identifying pollution problems, working in collaboration with local and state authorities to track and resolve the problems and restore water quality in streams, rivers and coastal waters. Groups have focused on the protection of threatened aquatic life, others on public health, and still others on aesthetics of the aquatic environment.

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Advocacy and Water Policy 

Some monitor groups have put their water data to work to upgrade their waterbody to a higher classification or designation, which provides greater protection to water quality. Groups in the Wolf Bay Watershed, the Magnolia River Watershed and the Choctawhatchee River Watershed used their water data in successful campaigns for classification upgrades. The group monitoring in the Lake Martin Watershed was instrumental in the development of a brand new protective designation for Alabama lakes, Treasured Alabama Lake, in collaboration with ADEM and former Governor Bob Riley. According to the President of Lake Watch of Lake Martin, “Alabama Water Watch provided the training, backstopping and science-based credibility that enabled our group to pursue and achieve upgrading and protecting the lake for generations to come.”

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