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EPA to Designate Center of Excellence for Watershed Management at Auburn University

Release Date: 10/06/2008
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293,

(Atlanta, Ga. – Oct. 6, 2008) – On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will designate Auburn University as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management. This is only the fourth Center of Excellence to be designated in the Southeast, and the first in the state of Alabama. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed during a ceremony at Auburn University.

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

          Dr. Jay Gogue, Auburn University President;
          Larry Fillmer, Auburn University Natural Resource Management & Development Institute Executive Director;
          Dr. Gaines Smith, Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System;
          Dr. Richard Guthrie, Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean; and
          Dr. Richard Brinker, Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Dean

WHAT: Designation of Auburn University Center of Excellence for Watershed Management

WHEN: Tuesday, October 7th, 2008, 11:00 – 11:40 am

WHERE: President’s Board Room, First Floor of Samford Hall
107 Samford Hall
      Auburn, Ala. 36849

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: