Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chemistry Water Monitoring Training Workshop Conducted on Smith Lake

Alabama Water Watch Staff and volunteer instructors conducted a Chemistry Water Monitoring Training Workshop at the Smith Lake Civic Association Building and Duncan Bridge Marina. Special thanks to volunteer instructors Larry Barkey with Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Inc. and John Kulbitskas with the Smith Lake Civic Association. Nine volunteers were certified and seven additional volunteers were re-certified. Certified Chemistry Water Monitoring volunteers can submit water testing data to the Alabama Water Watch database so that water quality trends can be tracked over time. Volunteers were trained to test water pH, total hardness, total alkalinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. Thanks to everyone that took part to make the training a success.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

board meeting

next meeting is Tuesday July 13th, 6:30 P.M. Traders nd Farmers Bank in Arley.
Our meetings are open to the public. Agenda has not been published. June cleanup removed over 15 tons of styrofoam plus debris in dumpster.Attaching a letter about some activities in July.
Dear Rock Creek Stakeholders,
I hope that all of you are having great summers and are gearing up for a fun 4th of July weekend! I would like to give you a quick update on the progress of the Rock Creek Watershed Management Plan project, and also tell you about some upcoming events including our Summer Bacteria Blitz.
We officially submitted the final Rock Creek Watershed Management Plan (RCWMP) last week and are now finishing the application to ADEM for funding to implement the Plan. Thanks to all of your valuable input and assistance, the planning process was great and the finished product, the Plan, is something that we can all be proud of. Thank you so much for taking the time to be a part of the process. We can’t wait to start working with you to put the Plan into action. You are making a difference in your watershed and beyond! Your grandchildren and great grandchildren will thank you for keeping the Rock Creek Watershed clean and beautiful. A million thanks!
We have several activities programmed for the days of July 22-24, that we would love for you to join in on.
On Thursday July 22, at 7 pm, we will have a brief meeting at the Traders and Farmers Bank in Addison to present the final Rock Creek Watershed Management Plan to interested stakeholders (copies will be available). This will also be a time for you to ask questions about the plan and the implementation process.
On Friday July 23, from 12:30 pm until 6:30 pm, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) will be holding a free Chemistry Water Monitoring Workshop at the home of Deb Berry [Smith Lake Environmental Preservation Committee, (SLEPC)], which is in Cullman County on the Simpson Branch of Ryan Creek.
On Saturday July 24, from 12:30 pm until 6:30 pm, AWW will be holding another free Chemistry Water Monitoring Workshop in Arley at the Traders and Farmers Bank Building.
If you have been certified by AWW, but need recertification, you will have an opportunity to be recertified at both workshops from 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm.
Please go to to register for your workshop.
Also, we will be attending the SLEPC meeting which begins at 9 am on Saturday July 24th, at the Dodge House Restaurant in Dodge City. We will briefly discuss the Winter Bacteria Blitz results and other AWW news. Please join us!
The Summer Bacteria Blitz will be ongoing throughout the three days. You can pick up testing materials at the RCWMP meeting on Thursday night or at the workshop on Friday. If you are not going to incubate your own samples, we can get your samples at either the Friday or Saturday workshops (depending on the day you test), or at the SLEPC meeting at the Dodge House Restaurant. We can coordinate other meeting times if these do not work for you. Because its summer and the temperatures are up (which makes bacteria like E. coli happy), we hope to monitor more sites than ever during this Blitz. We really need your help!
I’m sorry for the information overload, but am very excited for all of these activities! Feel free to contact me with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Mona Scruggs
Alabama Water Watch
250 Upchurch Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-
Cel: 251-282-9998
Office: 1-888.844.4785 or 334.844.4785