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A citizens' water quality monitoring class will be held on Nov. 19 at the Public Services Building at 320 Fountain Circle in Huntsville. The water chemistry monitoring class will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will receive instruction about water resources and how to determine water quality in local streams and lakes using simple testing methods.

The workshop is free, but preregistration is required and can be done online at or by contacting Susan Weber at (256) 564-8084 or


Upon successful completion of the class, participants will be certified through the Alabama Water Watch program to submit monitoring results that will be forwarded to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For many streams in Alabama, citizen data is the primary or only source of water quality information.

So far, data is collected by three types of monitoring: water chemistry monitoring, bacteriological monitoring and stream biological monitoring. Monitoring groups frequently use the information collected to propose water quality solutions to responsible agencies, elected officials, citizens' groups and developers.

Alabama Water Watch is a nonprofit organization committed to expand the knowledge about water issues and improve both water quality and policy through volunteer citizen monitoring and action leading to a better understanding, protection and restoration of Alabama's streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and coasts.

For more information on Alabama Water Watch and to register online for this training session, visit or email You man also contact Rita Grub or Mona Scruggs via phone at (888) 844-4785 or via fax at (334) 844-3666.


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