University of Maryland Extension

Becoming a SMART Volunteer

The SMART Volunteer Program is designed to train individuals as volunteer stormwater certifiers to support the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension’s Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART) tool and inform property owners on effective stormwater practices that result in the reduction of pollutants entering our local waterways.

Volunteers receive 20 hours of basic training from University of Maryland Extension Watershed Restoration Specialists, and then must complete 20 hours of volunteer service the first year and 10 each year thereafter to remain active.

How Do I Become a SMART Volunteer?

You become a SMART Volunteer by successfully completing the SMART Volunteer 20-hour basic training program and then volunteering your time with the SMART program in your county or neighboring counties. You begin by contacting your local Watershed Restoration Specialist to determine next basic training dates, location etc. You will then fill in an application form and other paperwork before gaining acceptance to the next training class.

What Does a SMART Volunteer Do?

SMART Volunteers help determine if best management practices (bmps) for stormwater are being implemented and maintained by

  • Certifying stormwater bmps on private properties are installed properly
  • Advising property owners of additional bmps that might be appropriate
  • Educating property owners on proper maintenance of bmps

How are SMART Volunteers Trained?

Basic Training: SMART Volunteer basic training classes are conducted annually by University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension in most Maryland Counties and Baltimore City.  Through the training program, volunteers are taught the basics of stormwater bmps specialists and other state and county staff.

Additional Trainings: A variety of advanced, refresher and continuing education programs will be available to SMART Volunteers to help hone their skills and delve more deeply into the subject matter.

Who Can Become a SMART Volunteer?

Any Maryland resident, age 18 years of older who likes working with people and a love of clean water.

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