University of Maryland Extension

Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy Pilot Program Installs Water Conservation Practice; Plans Rain Garden

Ten members of the Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) braved the wind and snow this past Saturday, March 28th to install gutters, downspouts, and rain barrels on the pavilion at the County Administration Building. The project was part of their training on how to identify and treat stormwater runoff in and around their communities. The water captured by the rain barrels will be available for use by the Extension Master Gardeners and Senior Center for their nearby flower beds and other landscaping.

Local engineer, Dan Speakman from McCrone, Inc. was also on hand to assess onsite soil properties and infiltration rates while conducting a soil boring for the next potential project at the Administration Building. In April, the class has plans to design and install a rain garden to treat stormwater runoff from the parking lot adjacent to the pavilion. Both of these projects were made possible in part by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The Cecil County WSA is a partnership between the County Department of Public Works and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension. The program trains and supports community leaders in Maryland to serve as Master Watershed Stewards in the protection, restoration, and conservation of local watersheds by reducing the negative impacts of stormwater runoff into local rivers and streams. Master Watershed Stewards are leaders in their communities who are trained to identify and assess areas to implement stormwater management practices, educate local citizens and assist the County in reaching its Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) goals.

For more information about the Cecil County WSA program or to sign up for the 2015-16 class, contact Marshall McSorley, Cecil County Development Services Division, 410.996.5267, or Eric Buehl.

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