AWW Success Stories

Several volunteer monitor groups have employed AWW’s Exploring Alabama’s Living Streams (EALS) curriculum, AWW monitoring techniques and AWW water data from waterbodies throughout the state for environmental education in schools, and to positively impact community attitudes, water quality and water policy. Here are some examples.

Environmental Education Success Stories
Dozens of teachers have taken the EALS workshop or 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 EALS 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).

Restoration and Protection Success Stories
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.

Advocacy and Water Policy Success Stories
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.”

For more information, read the following stories:

Environmental Education Success Stories

Alabama 4-H Dives into Clean Water

Are you smarter (and more environmentally conscious) than a 5th grader?

Radney Elementary wins BEEP statewide environmental ed award

Cary Woods School wins statewide environmental education award

Isabella Water Watchers head to state fair

Earth Teams receive awards for water monitoring

Restoration and Protection Success Stories

AWW teams up with GAA and the Forest Service to Protect Streams

AWW Data Makes Swimming at Your Favorite Water Hole Safer

Water Watchers catch industrial sludge release into creek

LMLPA cuts through the crap to safeguard the public health

AWW contributes evaluation of more than 18,000 data records for ADEM Triennial Review

Five years of bacteria ‘blitzing’ makes Auburn-area a cleaner place to live

Advocacy and Water Policy Success Stories

Local Community supports Water Watchers

AWW monitor wins Gold Award

SOS native son earns distinction

Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group Receives Rise to the Future Award

Lake Watch of Lake Martin impacts statewide water policy

Volunteer monitors and Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Inc. spearhead upgrade