Cobb County Watershed Stewardship program was recently honored with the 2013 Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Watershed Award. The Cobb program’s mission is to promote respect for the environment by teaching the connection between our behavior and water quality. During the 2012-2013 reporting year, 10,761 Cobb residents participated in programs provided by the Watershed Stewardship Program. Specifically for the Adopt-A-Stream program, staff trained 244 volunteers during 45 chemical, bacterial and macroinvertebrate monitoring workshops.
In Cobb, there are more than 50 active monitoring groups who reported more than 500 monitoring events in 2013. The Watershed Stewardship Program brings water quality awareness to the community through rain barrel workshops and storm drain marking, partnering with library departments and the Cobb County Master Gardeners and organizing Cobb’s Anuran Monitoring program and the Children’s Water Festival.
Cobb’s environmental programs specialist, Mike Kahle, was recognized as the New Trainer of the Year. He has conducted 55 workshops, certifying 471 volunteers and was praised for going above and beyond to educate and motivate volunteers.
Ina Allison was also honored with the 2013 Excellence in Data Collection award. She has been a chemical and macroinvertebrate monitoring volunteer for 10 years. She was praised for the highest quality collection methods and environmental stewardship efforts.