Water Workshops Abound

FAA is broadening the scope of water education in Alabama through a variety of projects.

One such venture is the Tallapoosa Watershed Project (TWP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. The project teams up scientists from Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Environmental Manage-ment with Extension agents, teachers and citizen volunteer water monitors in the Tallapoosa River Basin. Project partners are conducting research, extension and education activities related to environmental conditions of lakes Martin and Wedowee, and the overall health of the watershed.

Citizen monitors at Lake Martin .

A two-day TWP State of Our Watershed Conference was held in early May at the Camp ASCCA Environmental Center in JacksonÕs Gap to increase awareness of the TWP and the health of streams, lakes and rivers that comprise the Tallapoosa River Basin.

For more information on the TWP, contact Eric Reutebuch, TWP coordinator and a research associate in FAA, at reuteem @auburn.edu or visit the TWP Web site at www.twp.auburn.edu.

FAA personnel are also helping organize a Community-Based Water Monitoring for Watershed Management workshop to be held in Auburn May 16-27. This first annual workshop is sponsored by Global Water Watch, a program that provides training and technical support for a worldwide network of community-based water monitoring (CBWM) groups.

The two-week workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about CBWM.

The workshop is expected to draw at least 15 foreign participants from five different countries. For more information, send an e-mail to gww@auburn.edu or visit www.globalwaterwatch.org.

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