*If you are a teacher or community volunteer check out the 4-H AWW Exploring Our Living Streams Workshop opportunities for Summer 2016!
4-H AWW will help youth gain confidence and have fun with science, master a new skill, make a difference in their communities, gain awareness of natural resource issues, and enjoy time outside! To use 4-H AWW curriculum in the classroom or in a 4-H Club setting, educators (formal and volunteer) must be certified by AWW as a youth trainer or must work with existing AWW trainers to train 4-Hers.
Youth are then taught by certified adults to do the following types of AWW water monitoring:
Detect levels of E.coli and other coliform bacteria in water as indicators of contamination. Determine if water is safe for drinking, swimming and aquatic life.
Water Chemistry Monitoring
Test physical and chemical characteristics of water to determine pollution sources and long-term trends in water quality. Six variables are measured with a customized test kit, and results can be compared with water quality standards that define conditions for healthy waterbodies. The six variables tested are pH, Hardness, Alkalinity, Air and Water Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, and Turbidity.
Assess stream health using "aquatic bugs" (macroinvertebrates) as water pollution indicators. Training combines the use of field collections and an environmental game that simulates a stream bioassessment.