ELKTON, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is accepting applications for classes to be held this fall. The program is a partnership with the Cecil County Department of Public Works-Development Services Division and the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension. The WSA program trains adult community leaders in ways to reduce polluted stormwater runoff, improve local water quality. Participants will complete an intensive 16-course training program consisting of classroom and hands-on field work, a class project, and an individual capstone project in their community.

Once trained, participants achieve the designation of Master Watershed Steward and work with other members of their communities to assess watersheds to help identify sources of pollution and restoration opportunities, educate their community on pollution sources and how to reduce them, implement small-scale stormwater management practices such as installing rain barrels or constructing rain gardens, inspect and/or maintain small-scale stormwater management Best Management Practices (BMP), and connect communities with environmental resources and people who can help restore watersheds.

For additional information please visit http://www.ccgov.org/news/wsa16applications.cfm to learn more about the program and download the application and reference form. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Buehl (ebuehl@umd.edu) with University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension or Marshall McSorley (mmcsorley@ccgov.org) of the Cecil County Department of Public Works Development Services Division.

Applications and reference forms are due to Eric Buehl by 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2016.

 

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