In the spirit of our mission, the AUWRC works collaboratively with faculty across Auburn University’s campus to extend scientific advancements in water resources management to stakeholders throughout the state, southeast, and nation. AUWRC’s extension/outreach mission is fulfilled through a number of programs including:
AWW is a statewide citizen volunteer program devoted to the development of water quality monitoring by:
- Educating citizens on water issues
- Training citizens to gather credible water data
- Empowering citizens to make a positive impact in their watershed
The 4-H Alabama Water Watch (AWW) Program is versatile and can be used for enrichment, in-school, after-school, community, and specialty clubs, and 4-H individual study. It can also be incorporated into a service project.
GWW is a world-wide network of water monitoring groups that fosters watershed stewardship through the development of citizen volunteer monitoring of surface waters for the improvement of both water quality and public health.
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.
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.
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The Pepperell Branch Watershed Partnership, a citizen-directed project, has the objective to develop a plan to establish and implement best management practices that will improve the water quality in Pepperell Branch by reducing pollution sources throughout the watershed. The ultimate goal is for the creek to meet water quality standards all year long. Public engagement is encouraged!
Please contact Nikki Dictson (Alabama Cooperative Extension) if you are interested in participating!