University of Maryland Extension

Howard County Students Learn How to Care for Local Waterways

Four students take part in stormdrain stenciling at an elementary school
Students take part in stormdrain stenciling at an elementary school
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Terry Matthews, UMD Extension

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has partnered with the Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA), a program of the University of Maryland Extension, to collaborate on a variety of activities and programs that educate staff and students about improving the health of local streams and waterways.

Under the terms of the agreement, WSA representatives will provide volunteers to help students engage in hands-on environmental learning experiences, in support of school system curricular objectives and science/environmental standards. WSA will support school efforts to apply for and maintain Green School designation, as well as offer professional learning sessions or consultations for teachers on storm water management and related topics.

The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy training program empowers residents to improve the quality of local waterways. By sharing resources, forming partnerships and coordinating efforts, WSA works with a consortium of support professionals, master watershed stewards and their communities to reduce pollutants, infiltrate storm water and restore natural systems.

The Howard County Public School System’s Partnerships Office has united schools with more than 1,000 businesses and community organizations to enhance the educational experience of Howard County students. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.

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