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ALABAMA RIVERS, A CELEBRATION AND CHALLENGE invites you to travel down rivers and through time to encounter the rich human history and natural wonders that have defined Alabama. Along the way, you will celebrate an array of magnificent rivers filled with unique plants and animals, shaped over the ages by a remarkably diverse geology. You will appreciate how rivers have served people from the first Paleo-Indian settlements to the present. Accept the challenge to restore and protect our rivers for their economic, cultural, and ecological benefits, but most of all because it is the right thing to do.
Dr. William (Bill) Deutsch is a Research Fellow, Emeritus in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments. He holds degrees in Zoology, Biology, Anthropology, and Aquatic Ecology. Bill grew up near the Genesee River, Finger Lakes, and Lake Ontario in Western New York. After completing his graduate degree, he worked 11 years with an environmental consulting company conducting ecological studies on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. He and his family moved to Alabama in 1985 where he completed his doctorate and post-doctoral studies at Auburn University. Bill co-founded Alabama Water Watch in 1992 and directed the program for 20 years. More than 300 community groups have participated in Alabama Water Watch to protect and restore their streams, and thousands of AWW volunteers have measured stream conditions and trends from 2,400 sites on 900 water bodies statewide.