2013 AWW Get-Together - Big Success!
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2013 AWW Annual Get-Together
Thanks to everyone who made it to Auburn on May 10th for the Alabama Water Watch Annual Get-Together! It was a really great evening in a beautiful location with wonderful people and good food. It was fantastic that so many of you came for the Alabama Water Policy Symposium in addition to the evening event. You will find an informative summary of the symposium by clicking here.  All in all, it was a nice day to focus on water quality for Alabama in a variety of ways.

It was disappointing to us all that the float trip had to be cancelled due to flooded river conditions, but stay tuned because we will be rescheduling that shortly.

For all who were unable to attend, you were missed! The following sections include the important announcements, updates, words of encouragement, and awards shared during the event. Full articles about each are found on the AWWareness Blog
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AWW Program Updates and Important Announcements of the Program included... 
Highlights of the 2012 Monitor Survey, a recap of recent challenges facing AWW and details of how these challenges are being dealt with including increased support from Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, an intensive search for additional external funding, and the decision for AWW to move to the Auburn University Water Resources Center. In addition, Bill Deutsch, AWW Director, announced his retirement and expressed his gratitude for his career with AWW and his intention to continue to be a part of the program.  Click below to read the full story. 

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AWW Association Updates by Mike Kensler, President of the AWWA Board
The AWWA Board of Directors is small, but dedicated.  One high priority of the Board is to broaden, deepen, and strengthen the Board by adding expertise and capacity. Mike elaborated on what the AWWA is doing currently to achieve this priority and outlined areas in which more work is needed, such as AWWA membership. Click below to read more about these topics and  about the AWWA vision for the powerful knowledge contained in the AWW database.  

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Congratulations to the 2013 AWW Award Winners! 

River Basin Award: Chattahoochee Basin 
Carl Badger, Lake Harding Water Watch 
Roger Martin, Chattahoochee RiverWarden
Melissa Brown, Phenix City Water Watch
Mill Creek Watershed Management Plan 

Jump Start New Group Award: 
Ono Island Canal Owners Association 

Jump Start Monitor: Oliver Van der Ende

Revitalized Group Award: Lake Jordan HOBOs

Jump Start Trainer: Patti Hurley

Environmental Education Award: Central High School (Susan Shiver) 

Advocacy and Policy Award: Logan Martin Lake Protection Association 

Restoration and Protection: Bill Peters and Gene Grimes (Living River Center) 

Mike Mullen Award for Monitor of the Year: Mark Butler

Group of the Year: Coastal Plains Streams Water Watch

Trainer of the Year: Homer Singleton 

Click below for details on each award winner. 
Thanks to all those who donated the GREAT door prizes! 

Bill Deutsch
Dick and Mary Ann Bronson
Kay Stone
Michael Freeman
Michael Mullen
Mona Dominguez
Rita Grub
Save Our Saugahatchee
Susan Hudson
Wendy Seesock 
And a special thanks to all those who became members or donated to the AWW Association this past year. Click here to see our 2012-2013 Member/Donor List and to see how you can also Support AWW!

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