WSA Program Staff Contact Information
Chapter Coordinator Contact Information:
Watershed Restoration Specialist, University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension
Phone: (o) 410.228.8800; (c) 240.393.7915
WSA Course Goals
Upon satisfactory completion of the certification course the candidate will have learned about:
- Stormwater management principles and practices.
- Best management practices (BMPs) for controlling stormwater in a residential setting.
- Native plants and their role in protecting the environment.
- The stormwater professionals from the region.
- Designing and installing stormwater management practices through hands-on techniques.
- How to explain stormwater issues to interested citizens.
- Presenting the concept of stormwater management to neighbors and small groups.
- Local Geographic Information System (GIS) and the UMD Sea Grant Extension SMART Tool.
- Identifying and obtaining funding sources to pay for projects.
The Candidate will graduate with:
- A toolkit with supplies and materials to assist with restoration and outreach activities.
- A certificate stating the candidate has graduated to a Master Watershed Steward.
Requirements for Initial Certification:
- Complete the WSA coursework, consistent with the attendance policy, below.
- Complete the class and team capstone projects to the satisfaction of WSA Coordinators.
Requirements for Maintenance of Certification:
- In the first year, provide 15 hours of community service for watershed actions similar to those provided during completing of the class and team capstone projects, which could include maintenance of installed projects.
- For the first year, complete 5 hours of continuing education activities.
- For ensuing years, complete 20 hours of combined education and service each year.
- The Academy expects attendance at all the training classes and field trips. We maintain the following policy for missed classes:
- Candidates who miss up to two classes due to pre-scheduled conflicts (as reported to the WSA Coordinators, at the time of application) or illness/injury/emergency may make up class material as determined by the WSA Coordinators (e.g., by partnering with a Candidate who attended a session, by reading background material or by attending a make-up activity).
- It is the responsibility of the Candidate to make up missed classes by contacting another Candidate or the Coordinator to obtain materials and review coursework. Although we will make reasonable efforts to assist the Candidate in the make-up of a missed class, this may not always be possible. If a person misses more than two classes, the candidate is unlikely to receive certification at the end of the course. Exceptions to this policy will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Course Materials Website:
- All course materials (list of Support Professionals, class contact list, resources, agendas, presentations, etc.) will be stored online. The link will be provided once class begins.
- General Salisbury WSA information can be found at go.umd.edu/sbywsa.
- A candidate can expect to have reading, written, and/or oral assignments. Each session we will provide some simple homework to help you use and explore the tools given in class or prepare for the upcoming class. If you are having trouble with any topic or skill, please contact the Coordinator. Some homework assignments will be collected for the purpose of checking your understanding of the subject area. Homework will not be graded, but will serve as a barometer for how well we have met our learning objectives and where additional help is needed.
- The class, as a group, will design, plan and install a stormwater management project.
- Active participation in the class project is required.
Individual/Team Capstone Projects:
- Working individually or in small groups, you and your classmates will complete a capstone project, incorporating 1) assessment of stormwater problems of the chosen watershed or neighborhood and 2) community engagement to mitigate the problems. Team capstone projects must be completed by the announced deadline.
- Active participation in the capstone project is required.
Inclement Weather Policy:
- If the local public school system is closed due to inclement weather, WSA classes will NOT be held. Participants will be notified by email regarding cancellations and rescheduled classes.
- The field classes that have outdoor components will be held rain or shine, within reason. Participants should arrive for these classes prepared to be comfortable in the outdoors (bringing proper footwear, hat, sunscreen, rain gear, water bottles, warm clothes if needed, etc.).
Salisbury WSA Course Information and Policies