Alabama Water Watch (AWW) is coordinated through Auburn University's Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, and the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments. The Program Office oversees the day-to-day operations of AWW. AWW’s goals include the education of citizens about water issues in Alabama and the world; conducting water quality workshops; providing technical backstopping and data management to monitors; and partnering with monitors for making positive impacts on water quality and policy. Since the AWW Program began in 1992, nearly 230 citizen groups have become involved with water monitoring on hundreds of water bodies. Monitors have sampled 1,600 sites on 500 water bodies and submitted over 32,000 chemistry and 6,000 bacteriological data forms. This water information has had positive impacts on education, restoration and local-to-state water policy.
Program personnel provide a wide range of services to monitors, including:
- Conduct training sessions
- Compile and maintain a massive collection of data on citizen volunteers, monitoring sites and water quality data
- Interpret technical data gathered by monitors
- Produce a variety of media
- Provide online summary graphs and maps.