Cobb County Government
Watershed Stewardship Program
 
Connecting Community to Local Ecology 
 

History

 

Shortly after implementation of the Clean Water Act in 1972, Cobb County Water System (CCWS) began collecting stream data. Over time, water quality monitoring expanded to include community engagement and presentations. These efforts eventually led to the formation of the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP).

 


2015
• Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP) staff receives New Trainer of the Year Award from EPD.
• WSP Volunteers (Fairfax Consulting Services) receives Excellence in Data Collection Award.
• WSP recognizes Fairfax Consulting Services as Monitoring Group of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as Partner of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Daughters of the American Revolution as the Stewards of the Year.

2014
• WSP receives 2014 Public Education Best Direct Media Award for The Thalweg from GAWP.
• WSP receives Watershed Award from Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
• WSP staff receives New Trainer of the Year Award from EPD.
• WSP in partnership with KCB and Cobb's NRU receives Rivers Alive: Club Award from EPD.
• WSP Volunteer (Ina Allison) receives Excellence in Data Collection Award.
• WSP Volunteers (Pope High School) receives Nymph Award.
• WSP recognizes Ina Allison as Volunteer of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design as Partner of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Pope High School as School of the Year.

2013
• WSP in partnership with KCB receives a $2000 Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant.
• WSP Volunteer (Morning Washburn) receives Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) in Action Award.
• WSP Volunteer Group (Sierra Club) receives Extraordinary Watershed Effort Award.
• WSP recognizes Simon Locke as Volunteer of the Year.
• WSP recognizes David Zanstra and Ric & Sharon Donato as Monitoring Group of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Lassiter High School as School of the Year.

2012
• WSP receives 2012 Innovative Initiative Education Program Award for Eco-Logical from GAWP.
• WSP Volunteer (Eric Lee) receives Excellence in Data Collection Award.
• WSP Volunteer (Cheryl Ashley-Serafine/Nicholson Elementary) receives AAS in Action Award.
• WSP recognizes Carla Loosier as Community Organizer of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Eric Lee as Volunteer of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Nicholson Elementary School as School of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Diane Powell as Rain and Wildlife Garden Volunteer of the Year.
• WSP staff serves as President of Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA).

2011
• WSP staff is expanded to include two additional part-time Program Assistants.
• WSP receives Watershed Award from EPD.
• WSP Volunteer (Connie Ghosh - McCleskey Middle School) receives Red Flag Award.
• WSP recognizes Amy Boggs as Community Organizer of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Pam Subalusky Volunteer of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Tritt Elementary School as School of the Year.
• WSP staff serves as President of EEA.
• WSP staff receives Volunteer Service Award from EEA.
• WSP receives $5000 grant from Royal Bank of Canada for the Demonstration Rain Garden.

2010
• WSP receives AAS in Action Award for our Brooke & Branch Puppet Show from EPD.
• WSP staff receives Georgia Project WET 2009 Facilitator of the Year.
• WSP recognizes The Donnelly Family as Storm Drain Markers of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Ric and Sharon Donato as Anuran Monitors of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Terri Tornroos as AAS Volunteer of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Walton High as School of the Year.

2009
• WSP staff recognized by Cobb's Board of Commissioners for Excellence in Customer Service.
• WSP Volunteers (Tim Phillips and Stacey Haire) receive Excellence in Data Collection Award.
• WSP staff receives 2008 Monarch Across GAService Award.
• WSP recognizes Girl Scout Troop 21 as Storm Drain Markers of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Connie Ghosh as Anuran Monitor of the Year.
• WSP recognizes Tim Phillips and Stacey Haire as AAS Volunteers of the Year.

2008
• WSP receives Watershed Award from EPD.
• WSP Volunteer (Didi Johnson) receives Outstanding Outreach and Partnership Award.
• WSP staff receives Teaching Conservation Facilitator of the Year from GA Conservancy.
• WSP staff recognized by Rivers Alive for Most Cleanups Attended.
• WSP recognizes Didi Johnson as AAS Volunteer of the Year.

2007
• WSP staff is expanded to include a part-time Program Assistant.
• Cobb Adopt-A-Stream Program (AAS) changes name to Watershed Stewardship Program.
• AAS receives AAS in Action Award, for Our Color Your Watershed Grant Program from EPD.
• AAS Volunteer (Judy Cox - Dodgen Middle) receives Outstanding Outreach & Partnership Award.
• WSP recognizes Judy Cox as AAS Volunteer of the Year.

2006
• CCWS receives Public Education Award from Georgia Association of Water Professionals.
• Demonstration Rain Garden is certified as:
   a Back Yard Wildlife Habitat, a Monarch Waystation and a Pollinator Garden.

2005
• Cobb County Adopt-A-Stream staff is expanded to two full-time employees.
• CCWS receives Water First Community designation.
• Cobb County Adopt-A-Stream receives Rivers Alive: Outstanding Large Cleanup Award.

2004
• Demonstration Rain Garden is installed at Water Quality Lab.
• Cobb County AAS receives Watershed Award from EPD.
• Cobb County AAS Volunteer (Greg Linton) receives Excellence in Data Collection Award.

2003
• Cobb County Watershed Protection Plan is implemented.
• In-house fish monitoring is added to data collection.
• Etowah Watershed Assessment Agreement signed.

2002
• Cobb County Adopt-A-Stream is launched.
• Cobb County Adopt-A-Stream receives Outstanding Outreach and Partnership Award from EPD.
• CCWS receives Public Education Award from Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

2001
• Cobb Adopt-A-Stream Program Coordinator is hired.

2000
• EPD accepts stream monitoring data for the Stormwater (MS4) Permit.
• Cobb Stream Monitoring Program is expanded to two full-time employees.

1998
• R. L. Sutton Watershed Study is completed.

1995
• Macroinvertebrate monitoring is added to routine stream data collection.

1986
• Cobb County Stream Monitoring Program is established.

1975
• Cobb County Water System starts collecting stream data.

 

 

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