On February 6, Mona Dominguez, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) Monitor Coordinator/4-H AWW Program Coordinator, provided LaFayette Rotary Club members an in-depth view of AWW’s mission and impacts. AWW is a program dedicated to developing Citizen Volunteer Water Monitoring of Alabama’s lakes, streams and coasts. Alabama is blessed with over 132,000 miles of streams and rivers, 3.6 million acres of wetlands, and world class aquatic biodiversity (5th in the nation in plant and animal diversity; 1st in the nation in freshwater species diversity).
Citizen AWW participation can take many forms: Water Chemistry monitoring, Bacteriological monitoring, and Stream Biomonitoring. AWW cumulative efforts between 1992 and 2018 include 300 Citizen Groups; 7,700 Certified Monitors; 2,300 Sites; 850 Waterbodies; 90,000 Data Records; 30 Active Citizen Trainers; and 2,200 Workshops.
Governor Kay Ivey declared 2017 the Year of Alabama Water Watch, urging Alabamians to help protect our splendid water resources by becoming involved in the AWW Program by becoming a monitor, educator, or by supporting the AWW Association. Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System have partnered with AWW to educate many thousands of young Alabamians about the importance of clean, reliable water and healthy aquatic resources that are critical to the livelihoods, well-being and happiness of Alabamians.
Please visit www.alabamawaterwatch.org or call Mona at 334-844-9323 for more information. Call the Chambers Extension Office at 334-864-9373 for any Extension help.