Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 CCWSA student photography contest. Elizabeth Thornton, 6th grade student from Mill Creek Middle School, is the winner in the K – 6th grade category with her photograph titled “Palm Paradise.” Maddie Howe, 10th grade student from Cherokee High School, is the winner in the 7th – 12th grade category with her photograph titled “Before They Fall”. The photographs beautifully depicted reflective properties of water. The students received a framed copy of their winning photograph and a check for fifty dollars. The photographs are displayed at the CCWSA main office, Rose Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), Fitzgerald Creek WRF, Riverbend WRF, Etowah River Water Treatment Facility, and H. Q. Lathem Reservoir.

L to R – Matthew May (Principal), Elizabeth Thornton, Lori Forrester (CCWSA Public Information Specialist) and Samantha Hefner (Art Teacher).

Palm Paradise by Elizabeth Thornton

Maddie Howe and Lori Forrester

Before They Fall by Maddie Howe

“Our Water Story” Puppet Show

Do you know the water cycle? Come join us for the production of “Our Water Story” created for Metro North Georgia Planning District by the Atlanta Center of Puppetry Arts. The entertaining Walter the Otter or W.Otter (Water) for short goes on a quest to teach his friend Beaver how to ride his “water cycle”, which can only be accomplished once he has learned how it works. “Our Water Story” will be put on by Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority Environmental Affairs Department. Children of all ages are welcome, though the target audience is grades K-5. Woodstock Public Library – January 4th, 2019 – 10:30 am

“Our Water Story” at Woodstock Library

Chris Faulkner (Metro Water District Principal Planner), Bryce Jones, Jennifer McCoy (Metro Water District Education TCC

I Am Stormwater Pollution

Bryce Jones, a seventh-grader from Woodstock Middle School, won the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) Water Essay Contest for Cherokee County and was selected as the Grand Prize winner earning him a $500 prize. Bryce’s winning essay was called “I Am Stormwater Pollution.” In it, he wrote, “I do not mean to cause harm, but when you throw down your trash, salt, oil, and fertilizers, I cannot help but to take it to where I flow. I cannot help what I do, but you can. You can help clean me up and cleanse me of pollution.”  The winning essay can be found on the Metro Water District website.

Metro Water District announced the winners of the 17th Annual water essay contest during an awards ceremony held at the Georgia state Capitol on December 12th, 2018. The Metro Water District honored winners from the city of Atlanta and the 12 other counties. This year, middle school students were asked to write a 300-500 word essay on the topic: What is stormwater pollution? What impact does it have on the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams, and what can you do to prevent it? 1,200 students in the Metro Water District participated in the water essay contest.

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority’s Public Information Specialist, Lori Forrester, Congratulates Bryce Jones for representing Cherokee County with a imaginative essay that exhibits a clear understanding of stormwater.

Model Water Tower Competition

Lori Forrester, Left, with 1st place winners Marissa Migneco, Ixchel Avila, Isabella Postel and Cara Holland and teacher Kara Reeder.

Mason Mancini, Miguel Santiago, Grant Hodges and Billy Pron wait to test their water tower.

“FROM TODAY’S YOUTH COME TOMORROW’S LEADERS – LET’S LEAD SOME TO THE WATER PROFESSION!” This is the mission statement of the planning committee for GAWP’s Model Water Tower Competition. This annual competition was hosted in Cherokee County for the first time on October 26, 2018 at E.T. Booth Middle School. This STEM activity focuses on students learning complex concepts such as hydraulic and structural efficiency while thinking green and using recycled materials. Kara Reeder, a 7th grade science teacher, was instrumental in the coordination of school resources and personal as well as the guidance of her students through the building process. The 96 students that participated in the competition had a total of ten weeks to plan, design, and build their water towers. Assisting in this endeavor was Engineer Carlton Sherrer of Freese and Nichols, who assisted with the various phases. The competition was almost entirely staffed by CCWSA employees all tasked with a different judging activity. Some stations included hydraulics, materials, dimensions, and subjective judging. While the students were waiting for their tower to be judged they had the opportunity to learn about water meters from Shane Fowler and compete against one another to put a meter together. This event would not have been possible without the help of our dedicated staff, E.T. Booth staff, Freese and Nichols, Hayes Pipe Supply Inc., Landmark, Bermex, Caldwell, and Cedar Chem. We are looking forward to this competition being a part of our educational programs for the coming years.

River Clean Up

Millions of tons of trash are left along our nation’s rivers and streams every year.  Roadside litter also makes it’s way into our waterways through storm drain systems.  All this trash takes away from the beauty and safety of our waterways.   That’s why CCWSA’s Annual River Clean Up is so important.  Join us in giving back to the community by helping clean up in and around our rivers in Cherokee County.  Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and wildlife as well as make a difference.   Bring the family or grab a friend and see how pristine we can make our rivers.  There are 2 work days to choose from or feel free to join us both days.  We sure could use the help!

Little River Clean Up – October 13, 2018

Etowah River Clean Up – October 20, 2018