Fish & Water
Interested in learning more about being a steward of our land and water? Join Alabama extension 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 for the well-being of something that is valued. Did you know that our everyday activities influence the health of streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waters? 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. No matter where you are, you are in a watershed and your actions may help protect or potentially harm water resources.
What is Alabama Watershed Stewards?
The Alabama Watershed Stewards (AWS) is a science-based educational program that promotes healthy watersheds, increases understanding of water 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, by providing education and tools for individuals. The course will increase awareness and knowledge about water issues, inspire participation in conservation programs, and inspire activities to improve and protect water and natural resources.
Why Become an AWS?
In Alabama, we have abundant water resources ranging from fast-flowing mountain streams to large, lazy rivers to picturesque coastlines. But the importance of our waterways isn’t always clear. We don’t always see the impacts our everyday activities can have on water bodies, or know how water quality impacts our own quality of life.
Watershed stewardship is for everyone and all are welcome, we all live in a watershed and depend on its valuable resources. Get involved today and together we can improve and protect the quality of our local water resources.
Want to learn more? To find upcoming events, workshops, and other learning opportunities, visit the Alabama Extension calendar.
Watershed Stewardship Resources
- A Homeowner’s Guide to Rainwater Harvesting in Alabama
- About Watershed Planning
- Agricultural Best Management Practices for Water Quality
- Alabama Watershed Stewards Handbook
- Alabama Watershed Stewards Videos
- Everyday Water Conservation
- Guide to Harvesting and Planting Live Stakes for Stream Restoration
- How to Install a Rain Garden
- Overview of Watershed Stewardship Articles
- Pet Waste and Water Quality
- Planning and Conducting a Litter Pickup
- Soil Testing Protects Water Quality
- The Basics of Water Quality
- Water Quality Best Management Practices
- Water Use in Alabama
- What is a Watershed?
These and other resources are available under the Water Resources section of the Alabama Extension website.
This educational training was developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in partnership with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies including Alabama Water Watch with the Auburn Water Resources Center. This project was fully funded by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4.