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Water Communication and Education Division History

1975 | 1986 | 1995 | 1998

1975

  • Cobb County Water System starts collecting stream data.

1986

  • Cobb County Stream Monitoring Program is established.

1995

  • Macroinvertebrate monitoring is added to routine stream data collection.

1998

  • R. L. Sutton Watershed Study is completed.

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003

2000

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

2001 

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

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.

2003

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

2004 | 2005 | 2006 |2007

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.

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.

2006

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.

2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011

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.

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 GA Service 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.

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.

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.

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

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)

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.

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.

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.

2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2016

  • WSP staff recognized by Cobb County Board of Commissioners for Excellence in Customer Service.
  • WSP Volunteer (Norm Fagge) receives Excellence in Data Collection Award.
  • WSP Volunteers (Pope High School) receive Rivers Alive Clean-up Award.
  • WSP recognizes Norm Fagge as Volunteer of the Year.
  • WSP recognizes GA AAS as Partner of the Year.
  • WSP recognizes Sedalia Park as School of the Year.
  • WSP recognizes Simon Locke with a Stewardship In Action Award.

2017

  • Cobb County Water System (CCWS) awarded Comprehensive Education Program of Excellence from GAWP.
  • WSP receives Watershed Award from EPD.
  • WSP Volunteer (Anne Ledbetter) receives Red Flag Award.
  • WSP Volunteers (ERM Atlanta) receives Nymph Award.
  • WSP Volunteers (Ford Elementary) receive Rivers Alive Clean-up Award.
  • WSP recognizes Keep Smyrna Beautiful as Group of the Year.
  • WSP recognizes Keheley Elementary as School of the Year.
  • WSP recognizes Anne Ledbetter with a Stewardship In Action Award.

2018

  • CCWS awarded Comprehensive Education Program of Excellence from GAWP.
  • WSP Volunteers (Tritt Elementary) receive Rivers Alive Clean-up Award.
  • WSP recognizes Eddie Richards as Garden Volunteer of the Year.
  • WSP recognizes Rosco Peters as New Volunteer of the Year.
  • WSP recognizes Richard and Nancy Cole for Excellence in Data Collection.
  • WSP Staff receives Trainer of the Year Award from EPD.

2019

  • Water Efficiency Program (WEP) received the U.S. EPA WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Cobb County Water System (CCWS) awarded Comprehensive Education Program of Excellence.
  • WSP Recognizes Osborne High School with the School of the Year Award.
  • WSP Recognizes Cobb Progressives with the Volunteer Group of the Year Award. 
  • WSP Recognizes Tim Phillips & Stacey Haire with the Red Flag Award.
  • WSP Recognizes Jerry Hightower from the National Park Service with the Partner in Education Award.  
  • WSP Volunteers (Pope High School) receive Excellence in Education Award from EPD.
  • WSP Volunteer Ina Allison Excellence in Data Collection Award from EPD.
  • WE Recognizes Fay & Royce Corley with the Every Volunteer Counts! Award.

2020 | 2021

2020

  • WSP received the Georgia Adopt-A-Steam Watershed Award.
  • CCWS receives the fourth consecutive Comprehensive Education Program of Excellence Award.
  • CCWS receives the WaterSense® Excellence in Outreach and Promoting Labeled Products Award.
  • CCWS receives the WaterSense® Sustained Excellence Award.
  • WSP receives Watershed Award from EPD.
  • WSP volunteer (Lucy Damon) receives Red Flag Award from EPD.
  • WSP Recognizes George Aycock with Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • WSP Recognizes Tiffany Davidson with Watershed Steward of the Year Award.

2021

  • CCWS receives the WaterSense® Sustained Excellence Award.
  • C&E recognizes Patty Ingalsbe as Garden Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • C&E recognizes Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park as Education Partner of the Year Award.
  • C&E recognizes Anita Wender as New Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • WSP Staff receives New Trainer of the Year Award from EPD.
  • WSP Volunteers (Tritt Elementary School) receive Excellence in Education Award from EPD.
  • WSP Volunteers (David Zandstra & Ric Donato) receives Excellence in Data Collection Award from EPD