Updated: April 21, 2021

Interested in keeping your local creeks, rivers, and streams clean? Want to be involved in protecting the Chesapeake Bay? Become a leader in your community by training to be a Master Watershed Steward!

Through a comprehensive training program stewards learn to identify factors that impact stream health, educate neighbors about water quality issues, and implement projects that have a meaningful and positive impact on local water resources. The Watersheds Stewards Academy (WSA) is a joint program administered by Harford County Government and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension.

Teachers can receive 5 MSDE credits for completing the program.

Become a Steward

Thank you for your interest in joining the Watershed Stewards Academy!  Applications for the Fall 2021 class are currently open. 

The deadline to submit a Harford County Application for the 2021-2022 WSA Certification Course is Sunday, July 25, 2021.  If you would like to reach out to us for more information or have further questions before applying you can email Kelsey Brooks at kebrooks@umd.edu or Laura Coste' at wsa@harfordcountymd.gov.

Application Instructions

Please review the Harford County Application Information Sheet and the Harford County Course Schedule before applying. 

You may submit your completed application to Laura Coste’, Department of Public Works, at wsa@harfordcountymd.gov or 212 South Bond Street, 1st. Floor, Bel Air, MD 21014.


Please ask two (2) references to complete the Harford County Reference Form on your behalf and send the form directly to Laura Coste’ at wsa@harfordcountymd.gov or 212 South Bond Street, 1st. Floor, Bel Air, MD 21014 by Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Tuition Information

The tuition cost for the Harford Streams WSA certification course is $150. Please do not send tuition with application. Payment will be due upon acceptance to the program. A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Laura Coste' at wsa@harfordcountymd.gov for more information.


Applicants will be contacted for a phone interview shortly after the application deadline.



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