As part of this year's naturalist program (made possible by grants from Dekko, AMRV RC&D and T.R.A.I.L.), Ardmore students are receiving training in water chemistry monitoring by Alabama Water Watch. This certification will help us meet our goals of becoming involved in citizen science initiatives and making a difference in our community.
Alabama is number one in the nation for freshwater biodiversity, with over 132,000 miles of rivers and streams. The 4-H AWW program is giving our students the opportunity to assume an active role in preserving this precious resource. They are mastering new skills, gaining awareness of natural resource issues and enjoying time outdoors.
Once certified, students will be able to check out our testing kit and adopt a testing site. They will work in pairs to gather and report data from local streams and rivers.
The “Alabama: America’s Amazon” program is underway, thanks to support from Dekko, AMRV RC&D and Limestone County 4-H. Last year, the students were certified as Alabama Water Watch volunteer monitors and were awarded Club of the Year. Today, they expanded their service to the community by sharing what they have learned with hundreds of 4th grade students at the Wonders of Water Festival at Northeast Alabama Community College.
This opportunity, organized by One World Adventure, is free to over 800 school children in Fort Payne and Dekalb County Schools. The 4th graders spent the day learning important lessons about conservation, water and wildlife. Our Ardmore students led tours, helped with activities and even held the snakes for Renee Raney's critter lesson. A great time was had by all!
I'm proud to announce that our students were awarded the 4-H Alabama Water Watch Group of the Year award. These kids have worked hard to learn how to perform stream biomonitoring and water chemistry monitoring. Congrats, water watchers!