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First Center of Excellence for Watershed Management to be Designated at Alabama AandM University

Release Date: 01/28/2009
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293,

(Atlanta, Ga. – Jan. 28, 2009) – On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will designate Alabama A&M University (AAMU) as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management. This is only the fifth Center of Excellence to be designated in the Southeast, and the first historically black college or university (HBCU). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed during a ceremony at AAMU.

WHO: Jim Giattina, EPA Regional Water Management Division Director;
Trey Glenn, Alabama Department of Environmental Management Director;

          Dr. Beverly Edmond, AAMU President;
          Dr. Juarine Stewart, AAMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs;
          Dr. Teresa Merriweather Orok, AAMU Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Sponsored Programs;
          Dr. Robert Taylor, AAMU School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean; and
          Dr. Teferi Tsegaye, AAMU Chair of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center of Excellence for Watershed Management

WHAT: Designation of Alabama A&M University Center of Excellence for Watershed Management

WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 2009, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
      Agricultural Research Center (ARC) Building Auditorium
      4900 Meridian Street
      Normal, Ala.

Started in 2007, the EPA Region 4 Centers of Excellence for Watershed Management Program works with colleges and universities from across the Southeast to provide hands-on, practical products and services for communities to identify watershed problems and solve them. Each EPA designated Center actively seeks out watershed-based stakeholder groups and local governments that need cost effective tools for watershed scientific studies, engineering designs and computer mapping, as well as assistance with legal issues, project management, public education and planning. More information about priority watersheds in the Southeast is available online at: