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Alabama Shellfish Aquaculture Situation & Outlook Report 2018

Alabama’s shellfish aquaculture industry produces oysters (Crassostrea virginica) through off-bottom farming using an adjustable long-line system and floating cages. The first farm started in 2012, and although jobs have been crea…

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Building an IBC Aquaponics System

In this six-part video series, David Cline, an Alabama Extension specialist with the Auburn University school of fisheries, aquaculture, and aquatic science, describes and illustrates building an IBC aquaponics system using readily availabl…

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Blue-Green Algae Causes Concern With Dog Owners

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Blue-green algae has caused several cases of dog poisonings and deaths across the country. While poisonings from these algae are nothing new, in recent years problems have been worse. These reports have many pet …

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Soil Testing Protects Water Quality

Properly fertilized lawns absorb nonpoint source pollutants, help to stabilize soil, reduce ambient air temperatures, and promote a healthy ecosystem of its own. Overfertilizing can aggravate pest problems, stimulate excessive growt…

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Oyster Farming App

The Oyster Farming app is a tool to help simplify the day-to-day activities of oyster production. The app allows commercial oyster farmers to input, store, and share harvest information. Although the app was created with Alabama producers i…

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Shellfish Seed Suppliers for Gulf of Mexico 2019

This list of shellfish seed suppliers was compiled by the Alabama Extension and is based on best available information and is not an endorsement or recommendation of any of the companies. In all cases, purchasers of seed are r…

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Alabama Watershed Stewards Handbook

The Alabama Watershed Stewards Handbook: A WaterResource Training Curriculum was written for participants in the AWS program. In this handbook you will learn everything from the basics of watersheds and how they work to how human activity i…

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What Is A Watershed?

A watershed is an area of land through which rainwater drains by flowing across, through, or under the soil surface to a common low point, typically a stream, river, lake, or ocean. Each drainage system is its own watershed, and all watersh…

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The Basics of Water Quality

Water quality is a term used to describe the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water, usually with respect to its suitability for a particular purpose or designated use. Examples of designated uses of water bodies in Ala…

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Pet Waste and Water Quality

There are many types of non-point source pollution.  Pet waste is one type of NPS that many people might not consider a potential problem. As the runoff moves over the land, it picks up and carries away  pollutants including pet waste, fi…

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Alabama Watershed Stewards Videos

The Alabama Watershed Stewards program has created a number of videos that serve to accompany the Alabama Watershed Stewards Handbook.  In these videos, you will a brief overview of everything from the basics of watersheds and how they wor…

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Alabama Watershed Stewards Workshops

Have you ever wondered what storm drains have to do with the water you swim in? Or why what you put on your lawn influences local fish? Have you wanted to know how healthy your local waters actually are or what can we do to protect and impr…

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Alabama Watershed Stewards Program

Interested in learning more about being a steward of our land and water? Join us and learn about being an Alabama Watershed Steward.
What is a watershed and why does it need stewards?
Stewardship means taking the responsibility to care fo…

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Water Quality Best Management Practices

When a body of water is impaired and placed on the 303(d) list, it is the responsibility of the state environmental agencies and concerned stakeholders to resolve the water quality problem(s) so that the waterbody can ultimately be removed …

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