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.
• 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.
The inaugural course of the Watershed Stewards Academy is currently being developed by Howard County Government, Columbia Association, Center for Watershed Protection, University of Maryland Extension Howard County and Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment. The first course is tentatively scheduled for Fall/Winter 2012 pending funding.
• 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).
Lori Lilly, Center for Watershed Protection