The Birmingham Water Works Young Water Ambassadors (YWA) program consists of 100 area high school juniors and seniors who spend their summer working and learning about the Birmingham Water Works and its operations. The Birmingham Water Works initiated this six-week program to impress upon our students the importance of conserving and protecting water. The Young Water Ambassador Program is targeted toward students that are interested in Science and Environmental Studies (see www.bwwb.org/youngwaterambassadors for details).
Since 2010, the AU Water Resources Center has hosted the YWA for a two-day visit to Auburn to explore AU curricula and career opportunities in water resources outreach, research and management. During their visit, YWAs learn about fisheries management, water resources sustainability, numerous career options in water resources management, stormwater runoff issues and low impact development, monitoring water with the Alabama Water Watch program and Alabama’s diverse geology and flora and fauna.
By providing education and some hands on work experience, the program encourages YWAs to make a difference in their respective communities by raising the public’s awareness of water conservation and other important information about water.