How? By Whom?• Legislation• Regulation • Federal, State, and Local• Enforcement Governments• Technology • Agencies• Education and • Non-profits Awareness • General Public
Watershed Stewards Academy is an initiative of Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Centerand the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works to empower communities torestore local waterways.The Watershed Stewards Academy trains and supports community leaders to serve asMaster Watershed Stewards in the protection, restoration and conservation of ourwatersheds, working to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater runoff in Anne ArundelCounty. If you live in Anne Arundel County, you can make a difference in the health of ourwaterways.
WSA recognizes that although the government has the responsibility to provideleadership, enforcement and resources toward ensuring clean water, without thecollective contributions of all watershed residents, no real progress may be madetoward this goal.Pg. 96
The National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy is an initiative of a coalitionof watershed protection groups in the Potomac, Rock Creek, Anacostia and EastPatuxent watersheds -- roughly covering Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties inMaryland and the District of Columbia. Master Stewards will implement projects thatdecrease pollution, prevent stormwater runoff, and improve water quality in theircommunitys rivers and streams, thus positively impacting the waterways of theNational Capital Region and the Chesapeake Bay.
National Capital Region WatershedsAnacostia Watershed Potomac Watershed
Restore stream health by a thousand repairsTrain individuals to become community leaders who can help raise awareness of watershedissues, including problems and solutions: Assessing watersheds at a neighborhood level with particular attention to stormwater runoff and pollution sources. Creating solutions for stormwater and pollution reduction into local waterways by installing rain gardens, and other ways to reduce the amount of pollution entering into water bodies. Educating and Engaging communities through talks at community meetings, fairs, churches, and other neighborhood organizations.Training program includes • 15 class evening and weekend training program • Education about watershed issues including stormwater runoff, neighborhood assessments, GIS basics, pollution threats to watershed, and restoration projects • Presentations from local experts via classroom lectures and field trips • Capstone restoration project, planned and implemented by teams of students • Membership in a network of Master Watershed Stewards and consortium member • Consortium
Classroom Instruction & Capstone Projects Photos by Maria Sgambati
Benefits of WSA• Army of Stewards, and you’re the General• Facilitates connections between public, business and government• Generates a groundswell of awareness and action benefitting watersheds• Helps municipalities with the WIP and MS4
Tailor WSA curriculum to specific audience• Connections to Faith TraditionsDo unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.– Wendell Berry• GIS – Sense of PlaceIf you don’t know where you are, you can’t know who you are. – Wendell Berry• Water: Sacred and Profaned• When Heaven Meets Earth: Community Engagement and Empowerment