Science Fair 2019

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) recognized seven Cherokee County students at the NWGA Regional Science & Engineering Fair for their excellence in the environmental field on February 2nd, 2019 at Alliance Academy for Innovation High School. The projects recognized were “The Effect of Chlorella Algae and Magnetic Nanoparticles in the Remediation of Oil Spills“ from Emily Sloan (Woodstock High School),  “Practical Applications of Phytoremediation” from Christopher Nikolav (Woodstock High School), “The Effect of Enteric Microbiota of Mealworms on the Decomposition of Polystyrene” from Lillie Grace Osborne & Mackenzie Englert (Woodstock High School), “Genetically Engineering Cyanobacteria to Express D-sup Gene for Radiation” from Jacob Tweddle (Woodstock High School), “The Effect of Variable Microbes on the Decomposition of Complex Carbohydrates for Alternative Fuel Production” from Isabel Plower (Woodstock High School) and “Which will contribute to Plant Growth? Commercial Fertilizer or a Combination of Organic Kitchen Waste” from Isabella Postel (Creekland Middle School). The students received a certificate and a gift card. CCWSA applauds the efforts of all the Cherokee County students.

Lillie Grace Osborne & Mackenzie Englert with their project “The Effect of Enteric Microbiota of Mealworms on the Decomposition of Polystyrene”

Will England (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Lab Analyst) judges science fair projects at the NWGA Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

Will England (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Lab Anaylst) congratulates Jacob Tweddle.

Will England (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Lab Analyst) presents Isabella Postel her certificate and gift card.

Special Appreciation

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) shows appreciation to “Buzz” Ahrens, Jr. for serving on the CCWSA Board of Directors for the past 12 years.

Back – L to R – Doug Dabbs, Eric Wilmarth, Harry Johnston – Front – L to R – Robert Morrison, Mike Byrd, “Buzz” Ahrens, Gary Winchester, Lisa Woodruff.

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.