The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) trains and supports community leaders to serve as Master Watershed Stewards in the protection, restoration and conservation of our watersheds, working to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater runoff in Anne Arundel County. If you live in Anne Arundel County, you can make a difference in the health of our waterways.
Master Watershed Stewards are leaders who engage communities to reduce polluted runoff. To become certified, all MWS complete an intensive, research based, hands on training including a capstone project in their community. Once trained, Master Watershed Stewards work with their communities to:
ASSESS WATERSHEDS Using a variety of GIS and field observations, Stewards help communities identify their pollutant sources and create strategies for reducing these pollutants.
EDUCATE COMMUNITIES Master Watershed Stewards engage communities during community meetings and fairs to help neighbors understand the most pressing environmental problems in their area.
REDUCE POLLUTANTS Master Watershed Stewards work with communities to target pollution sources such as pet waste, fertilizer or pesticides.
TAKE ACTION Master Watershed Stewards help communities take relevant environmental action to reduce the polluted runoff such as installation of rain gardens, rain barrels and other Rainscaping techniques.
As a Master Watershed Steward, you can help improve the health of the watershed. You will become a resource for your family, friends and community. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with other Stewards and professionals to restore your watershed through ongoing projects with neighborhood schools, churches and businesses. Being a Master Watershed Steward is fun, and rewarding!
WSA is partnering with the Alliance for the Chesapeake and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to form the Riverwise Congregations program. Some participants in this year’s certification course will receive specialized training and funding to work with their faith communities through the Riverwise Congregations program. For information regarding the Riverwise Congregations program, please contact Bonnie Sorak of the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake: firstname.lastname@example.org 410-609-6852
To apply, please attend an initial informational session. Details about informational sessions can be found on the WSA website. www.aawsa.org For additional information, please contact Suzanne Etgen, email@example.com.
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975 Indian Landing Rd.
Millersville, MD 21108
To apply, check the WSA website for information on the latest enrollment period, application, and course dates.