Thanks to an army of dedicated AWW citizen volunteers, 2016 turned out to be a good year for AWW! 2016 was our first year under the directorship of Dr. Srivastava, who took over the reins of the AU Water Resources Center in mid-2015. Dr. Srivastava put upgrading our websites and our database as top priorities, and thanks to his efforts and those of the good folks in ACES-Ag Information Technology and AU Communications and Marketing, and especial thanks to Sergio and Jim Johnson, whose long hours put in to upgrade the AWW database, things are looking good! As I said at our AWW Annual Meeting, we at AWW are lucky to have a person of Dr. Srivastava’s caliber (Butler-Cunningham Eminent Scholar in the College of Agriculture, Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Distinguished Engineer Award recipient from the Alabama Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) – he elevates all that we do – thanks Dr. S!
A major loss to the AWW Program was the loss of Miss Rita, AWW cat-herder extraordinaire – we continue to miss her. Initially, we thought that it was the onset of Armageddon, but thanks to our amazing staff, we survived! Special thanks to Miss Sydney Smith, who stepped in without hesitation to help fill the shoes of Miss Rita (note, Sydney is partial to E. coli – see http://aaes.auburn.edu/wrc/aboutthe-center/ staff/).
AWW conducted 98 workshops in the past year, thanks in large part to our dedicated citizen trainers! With 472 new water watchers on the ground, we will get even closer to realizing our vision of having a monitor on every stream, river, lake, bay and bayou in the state.
And thanks to support from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the work of Miss Mona through 4-H AWW, 4,000 young Alabamians have learned about this state’s aquatic treasures and how to preserve and protect them.
Other notable achievements of the past year include:
- Instructional videos on AWW monitoring – great job Samantha and Rita! – see: alabamawaterwatch.org/resources/videos/
- AWW Lifetime Achievement Award – Dick and Mary Ann Bronson – CONGRATS! see: http://wp.auburn.edu/aww/aww-lifetime-achievement- awardpresented-to-dick-and-mary-ann-bronson/
- America’s Amazon – Alabama the Beautiful Infographic, great job Jennie Powers! – see: http://wp.auburn.edu/aww/aww-infographic-2-0/
- Several AWWsome AWW trainers-monitors-supporters featured on MeOWW see: http://wp.auburn.edu/aww/
- AWW promotional video, NICE job Josh Woods! see: https://youtu.be/dgec8nPf11s (Note that this event has been moved to February, more info coming soon.)
Lastly, AWW is excited about 2017 – it’s our 25th Anniversary! We’re working on a special gathering to celebrate 25 years of watershed stewardship – we’ll keep you posted! I want to personally thank all of you for all that you do in support of the AWW Program, and preserving our treasured Alabama waters for all to enjoy! Have a joyous and blessed holiday season!
Eric Reutebuch, Director
2016 at a glance…
- 98 Workshops Conducted
- 472 Individuals Certified
- 2,800 Water Data Records Submitted
- 4,000 Youth Educated
Catch Up on the Latest AWWareness Articles
- Stephen Tsikalas, and Homer Singleton – our Extraordinary AWW trainers & monitors!
Stephen and Homer inspire us through the most recent MeOWW (Meet Our Water Watchers) segment.
- New AWW Instructional Videos – they’re AWWsome!
Use these great videos to brush up on your bacteriological and water chemistry monitoring techniques.
- Au Revoirs Keep It Flowing! A Message from Rita
After eight years on staff with AWW, Rita Grub has moved back into the role of the volunteer.
- Join us for an AWW Workshop in 2017, and bring a friend! See upcoming opportunities and register here: AWW Workshop Registration Page