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Watershed Stewards Academy

The Howard County chap­ter of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Bal­ti­more Water­shed Stew­ards Acad­emy is a 15-class course that trains, sup­ports and empow­ers com­mu­nity lead­ers to serve as Mas­ter Water­shed Stew­ards in the pro­tec­tion, restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion of Howard County watersheds.

Mas­ter Water­shed Stew­ards reduce the neg­a­tive impacts of stormwa­ter runoff in Howard County and are key play­ers in restor­ing the Chesa­peake Bay, by work­ing locally to reduce sed­i­ment and nutri­ents flow­ing into local streams and rivers that feed into the Bay. The Water­shed Stew­ards Acad­emy pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties for excit­ing, inter­ac­tive envi­ron­men­tal activ­i­ties, spe­cial out­door time with fam­ily and friends, and sat­is­fac­tion gained from a job well done.

ACTIVITIES
• Train­ing and Edu­ca­tion: Mas­ter Water­shed Stew­ards learn best man­age­ment tech­niques to reduce pol­lu­tion at its source and “slow the flow” of stormwa­ter from neigh­bor­hood water­sheds into local streams.

• Project Imple­men­ta­tion: Mas­ter Water­shed Stew­ards use their new skills to imple­ment “Cap­stone Projects,” such as rain gar­dens and rain barrels.

• Out­reach: Mas­ter Water­shed Stew­ards edu­cate the pub­lic about need to pre­vent stormwa­ter pol­lu­tion, engage and edu­cate a wide range of cit­i­zens in crit­i­cal water qual­ity improve­ment projects, and serve as a resource for fam­ily, friends and the com­mu­nity on actions they can take to improve their watersheds.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

• Enroll in the course to become a Mas­ter Water­shed Stew­ard!
• Join the Advi­sory Com­mit­tee to pro­vide sup­port with devel­op­ment of the pro­gram.
• Par­tic­i­pâté in the course as a speaker/trainer on top­ics such as pol­lu­tion sources, native plants, and com­mu­nity out­reach.
• Pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port on Cap­stone Project imple­men­ta­tion to Water­shed Stew­ards Acad­emy trainees as part of a con­sor­tium of prac­tic­ing pro­fes­sion­als (e.g., land­scap­ers, archi­tects, engi­neers, educators).

CONTACT

hocowsait@gmail.com

WEBSITE

http://howardwsa.org/

 

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