The first class of Montgomery County Master Watershed Stewards (MWS) completed their in-class training sessions in November. The program is an expansion of the highly successful MWS program piloted in Lehigh County last year. Coordinated by staff from the Penn State University Extension program and Montgomery County Conservation District, the MWS program provides training to engage citizens in the process of monitoring, protecting, and advocating for clean water in their communities.
The MWS program was established to strengthen local capacity for management and protection of watersheds, streams, and rivers, by educating and empowering volunteers across the State of Pennsylvania. The program, which selects around 15-20 individuals from each participating county for the program annually, provides future Stewards with rigorous training in watershed issues. Topics of training include groundwater, stream ecology, wetlands, invasive plants, water recreation, and stormwater management.
Once Master Watershed Stewards have completed their training, they then go on to lead their communities in a variety of water-related projects. These include the organization of educational and informational workshops for the public, students, and municipal officials, clean ups, design and installation of demonstration rain gardens, monitoring streams, and stream bank restoration projects.
This year, both Lehigh and Montgomery Counties held training classes. Further expansion to Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Chester Counties is being explored. For more information on program and entry requirements, please contact Erin Frederick at Penn State Extension: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new class of Montgomery County MWS includes the following 11 people representing areas in and around the county. We’re happy to have them on board!
Montgomery County MWS Class of 2014: –
- Beth Adelsberger
- Derek Colquhoun
- Erin Crump
- Doryán DeAngel
- Jeffrey Fehlenberg
- Nicholas Hoffman
- Jessica Pinkerton
- Maureen Piraino
- Rachel Rosenfeld
- Julie Slavet
- Maggie Thornton