York County Master Watershed Steward Graduates
After completing forty hours of extensive training that focuses on a broad range of water and natural resource topics, trainees are to volunteer fifty hours of service their first year in order to earn the official “Master Watershed Steward” title. Twenty individuals earned that title this year. Congratulations!
Master Watershed Steward trainees started working on watershed projects early in their training and helped educate both students and the public about various watershed topics including stormwater runoff, homeowner best management practices, invasive species, aquatic life and more. The trainees worked on the following group projects:
- Bioswale in Windsor Township - Converted an existing drainage swale to a functioning bioswale to help improve water quality.
- Rain Barrel Workshops - Began offering rain barrel workshops throughout the community and started selling rain barrels to residents.
- Codorus Water Trail – Worked with the Watershed Alliance of York to plan and develop the first phase of the Codorus Water Trail in the City of York.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Education – Provided education to the community in hopes to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in our local waterways.
The trainees have connected with the preceding class and are currently helping with stream monitoring, stream clean-ups, rain garden and riparian buffer plantings, habitat restoration projects, educational programs and more. They continue to form partnerships with municipalities and other conservation organizations in the county. These partnerships help stretch limited conservation funds for restoration projects and environmental education.
Together, we can make a bigger impact and can leverage resources to increase watershed restoration and awareness efforts. It is exciting to see the program grow!
We are currently training a third class of Master Watershed Stewards. The next training in York will begin in March of 2019. Interested individuals can contact Jodi Sulpizio, Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, at email@example.com for more information.