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What Is A Watershed?

…the Mississippi River Basin, which drains 1.2 million square miles. The water bodies within a watershed also can be categorized according to their size and function.

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The Basics of Water Quality

…aracteristics of water, or water quality parameters as they often are called, determine whether the quality of water is good enough for drinking, recreation, irrigation, aquatic life, or other designated uses. By examining these parameters …

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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

…ater pollution, and provides the knowledge and tools needed to prevent and resolve local water quality problems.

The goals of the AWS program are to increase awareness, protection, and restoration of land, water, and natural resources, b…

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Live Well Recipe: Sunrise English Muffin

This Sunrise English Muffin recipe is great for breakfast. Enjoy foods from more than one food group for a breakfast that gives you longer lasting energy. Serves 4.
Ingredients

2 whole wheat English muffins, split
4 tablespoons pla…

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Water Quality Best Management Practices

…activities may include a wide range of efforts requiring the involvement of federal and state agencies, city and county governments, local businesses and industry, and individual citizens.

Nonpoint source pollution (NPS) is largely addre…

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Collecting and Storing Seeds

…l germinate after being harvested and planted before they have time to dry. As previously noted, it can be tricky and a good reference book can save a lot of time and frustration.

The next step after harvesting the seed is to clean the p…

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Be Safe and Smart With Pesticides

…information,” O’Rear said. “For example, recently, some manufacturers have introduced new products with similar logos to products already on the market. These products have extremely different applications; one targets weeds in lawns,…

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Marketing Alfalfa-Bermudagrass to Horse Owners

…ld to horse owners, it is important to understand the difference between being a seller or a marketer.

The goal of hay sellers is to identify customers who like what they produce, sell the hay at a fair price, and move it as qu…

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Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Team Impacts 2018

…ogram topics include squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, commensal rodents, bats, snakes, and white-tailed deer.

The goal of these activities is to educate clients in how to identify damage and take actions necessary to eliminate this da…

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Angel’s and Devil’s Trumpets: Know the Difference

…ned about children playing nearby, plant them toward the back of a flower bed.”

Smith said using common sense is a good rule with any endeavor, gardening and otherwise.

“Don’t eat a plant if you don’t recognize it or know it w…

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Drying Fruits at Home

…ied Fruit
Fill a clean, dry jar 3⁄4 full with the dried fruit. Tighten the lid securely. Leave it for 3 to 4 days, vigorously shaking the jar every day. This will equalize any remaining moisture that is in the fruit.

Next, place…

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Recycling Leaves

… plants.

If you don’t have a bin, you can create a compost heap, which is simply a free-standing pile of leaves. A good, workable size is about 3 feet wide and 3 feet high. The size can vary according to the amount of leaves used.

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