Environment and Natural Resources

Environment & Natural Resources

Watershed Stewards Academy

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The Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is a partnership with the Cecil County Department of Public Works-Stormwater Management Division and the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension.

The WSA program trains adult community leaders in ways to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and improve local water quality. Participants will complete an intensive 16-course training program consisting of classroom and hands-on field work, a class project, and an individual capstone project in their community.

Once trained, participants achieve the designation of Master Watershed Steward and work with other members of their communities to assess watersheds to help identify sources of pollution and restoration opportunities, educate their community on pollution sources and how to reduce them, implement small-scale stormwater management practices such as installing rain barrels or constructing rain gardens, inspect and/or maintain small-scale stormwater management Best Management Practices (BMP), and connect communities with environmental resources and people who can help restore watersheds.

If you are interested in this program, please contact Eric Buehl (ebuehl@umd.edu) with University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension or Marshall McSorley (MMcSorley@ccgov.org) of the Cecil County Department of Public Works-Stormwater Management Division.

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Woodland Stewardship Education

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Did You Know?

Three quarters of Maryland's forests are owned by a diverse group of private landowners? You may be one of them.

The Woodland Stewardship Education (WSE) program helps connect woodland property owners to their land. Through a variety of Extension offerings, WSE brings together professionals from such fields as forestry, wildlife ecology, and natural resource management to enable woodland property owners to make sound and informed decisions about managing their land.  

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