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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Alabama Water Watch

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):

Contact Information
Name:William DeutschStreet:Department of Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures 250 Upchurch Hall
City: Auburn UniversityState: Alabama
Zip Code:36849Phone: 334-844-4785
Fax: 334-844-3666Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):300
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:10 Students Number:50

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $200,000 Year monitoring began: 1993

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
X FoundationsX BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:XAlabama Cooperative Extension Service

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:
50 counties in Alabama and 8 counties in GA

Program description:
Alabama Water Watch is a citizen volunteer monitoring program that is coordinated from Auburn University. Our goal is to educate citizens of Alabama and shared watersheds of neighboring states about water issues, train them to measure water quality, and work with citizens to improve environmental quality and policy. Since the inception of the AWW Program in late 1992, 260 groups have sampled nearly 2,000 sites on almost 800 waterbodies and submitted over 47,000 chemistry and nearly 11,000 bacteria data forms. All data received is analyzed, summarized, charted, graphed, and presented to the monitors, policy makers, media, and other interested citizens through the AWW website, a semi-annual newsletter, video presentations, and report series on particular waterbodies monitored.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Groundwater, Lake or Pond, Marine, Reservoir, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness, pH, Salinity, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp., % DO saturation

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Macroinvertebrates, E.Coli, Total Coliform

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
E.Coli, Total Coliform, Educational outreach

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
AdvocacyOur program
Research Our program
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportOur program


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