014 Shinecast: Water Policy, Water Use

Playing in surf on Alabama Gulf Coast Fort Morgan Copyright 2012 Sheree Martin

We talk water use, water policy and water rights with Mitch Reid, program director for the Alabama Rivers Alliance, in this week's episode of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. The focus of this episode is how water policy and a comprehensive water resources management plan helps to ensure everyone who needs water has reasonable access. Water uses include drinking and residential use, … [Read more...]

Alabama Irrigation Project & Water Management

Powerpoint slide comparing Alabama irrigation proposal with western irrigation

Even in a water rich state like Alabama, where average annual rainfall is plentiful,  agricultural irrigation can provide the difference between success and failure. Ask anyone who has a backyard garden. For the medium and large-scale farming operations, though, irrigation is not a widely-used practice in Alabama. The absence of irrigation has probably contributed to the decline in agriculture … [Read more...]

Social Media for Nonprofits

Graphical Icons for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest

This past weekend (March 18, 2012), I spoke at the Alabama Water Rally on the topic of social media for nonprofits. My focus was on helping groups concerned with environmental conservation and protection who had some basic presence in social media but weren't really sure how to use social media most effectively to build support for their cause. The setting was peaceful Camp Beckwith on Weeks … [Read more...]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Preview)

WildScenicPoster

I'm excited that I'll finally be able to attend the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an annual event of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Alabama Environmental Council. I'm thinking my favorites will be Water Loving Doggies, Rosa & A GASP for Clean Air. You can see a complete list of films here and buy tickets here. Trailer for A GASP for Clean Air:   … [Read more...]

Water: The Resource We Can’t Take For Granted

Black Warrior River, Manderson Landing, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Alabama is a water-rich state. Alabama has 77,000 miles of rivers and stream and ranks sixth in the nation for the most continuously-flowing streams. Our waters sustain us physically, recreationally and economically. Alabama also has 47 reservoirs larger than 500 acres that cover 551,220 acres and 23 Alabama State Public Fishing Lakes. The waters of Alabama provide a major economic … [Read more...]