FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 7, 2017
Contact: Casi (kc) Callaway, Executive Director & Baykeeper. email@example.com.
(Mobile, Ala.) - Mobile Baykeeper has been awarded a $91,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand its Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) into South Mobile County at Alma Bryant High School. Baykeeper was selected as a grant recipient under EPA’s Environmental Education (EE) program, designed to increase public awareness about environmental issues and provide citizens with skills to take responsible action.
Funding will enable Baykeeper staff to educate Alma Bryant students on watersheds and water quality, train them to become certified water quality monitors through the Alabama Water Watch program, provide them solutions through innovative web tools, and ultimately empower them to become active stewards of their own watershed.
Casi (kc) Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper Executive Director & Baykeeper, looks forward to seeing the SWAMP program expand into South Mobile County. “Many of the communities in South Mobile County depend on healthy waterways for their livelihood and quality of life - like the tourism industry in Dauphin Island and the seafood industry in Bayou La Batre,” she said. “We’re excited to build this connection by educating students on issues affecting clean water in their local watershed while also providing them tools to make a difference.”
According to Genevieve Rigby, Academy Specialist at Alma Bryant High School, the SWAMP program will add an important dimension to the school’s Academy of Coastal Studies, one of three academies that prepares students for a particular field of study in college and/or potential career path. “Providing students with this type of education and hands-on training will raise awareness on the importance of protecting our natural resources and better prepare our students for college and the workforce. We’re excited to partner with Mobile Baykeeper and see the strong impact this program will have on our school.”
Alma Bryant joins Citronelle High School, LeFLore High School, and Fairhope High School as fellow partners of the SWAMP program. The program began in January 2016 and has since educated more than 3,000 students and trained more than 75 students to become certified water quality monitors.
To learn more about the SWAMP program, please visit mobilebaykeeper.org/swamp or call 251-433-4229.
Mobile Baykeeper is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that works to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities. To learn more about Mobile Baykeeper, please visit www.mobilebaykeeper.org.