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Watershed Stewards Academy

Watershed Stewards Academy logoThe Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is a training program to empower 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 stormwater and restore natural systems. Currently, the Watershed Steward Academy is in Anne Arundel County, the National Capital Region, Howard County, Cecil County, St. Mary's County, and Harford County

Teachers can receive 5 MSDE credits for completing the program.

The Academy provides Stewards with knowledge and expertise from lecturers, training in using watershed assessment tools for analyzing stormwater runoff, and hands-on experience leading stormwater management and behavior change projects. A consortium of experienced stormwater management practitioners provides Stewards with on-going support for their community projects. Stewards become community leaders in reducing harmful effects of polluted stormwater running off into our streams.

Master Watershed Stewards...

  • Assess and identify pollution sources and restoration opportunities
  • Educate their community on pollution sources and how to reduce them
  • Engage their community in pollution-reducing action
  • Implement small rainscaping projects
  • Reduce pollution sources through behavior change programs (pet waste, lawn chemicals, outdoor irrigation, etc.)
  • Connect communities with environmental resources and people who can help restore watersheds
  • Inspect and/or maintain small stormwater best management practices (BMPs)

Interested in becoming a Steward? Use the links to learn about the Academy in your area and how to apply:

Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy

Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy

Harford County Watershed Stewards Academy

Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy

National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy

St. Mary's County Watershed Stewards Academy

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