What is a Master Watershed Steward?
Master Watershed Stewards are leaders who engage communities to reduce polluted runoff. To become certified, all Stewards complete an intensive, research based, hands on training including a capstone project in their community. Once trained, Master Watershed Stewards:
Assess Watersheds: Identify pollutant sources for local creeks and streams and create strategies for reducing these pollutants.
Educate Communities: Help neighbors understand the most pressing environmental problems in their area.
Reduce Pollutants: Work with communities to target pollution sources such as pet waste, fertilizer, erosion or pesticides.
Coordinate Action: Help communities reduce polluted runoff by coordinating the installation of rain gardens, rain barrels and other Rainscaping techniques.
Certified Stewards maintain their certification annually by:
Performing a minimum of 40 hours of community service in the form of Watershed Action
Completing an additional 8 Continuing Education Units
Master Watershed Stewards are encouraged to attend networking events throughout the year.
Take a look at our list of Certified Master Watershed Stewards to find a Steward near you.
The Role of the Master Watershed Steward
The role of a Master Watershed Steward is to connect communities to resources for:
Assessment/identification of pollution sources and restoration opportunities
Education of pollution sources and reduction opportunities.
Engage community in pollution reducing action
Small rainscaping projects
Reducing pollution sources through behavior changes
Connect communities with environmental restoration resources and professionals.
Unless otherwise trained, the Master Watershed Steward should not engage in the following:
Design or construction management of rain gardens with any of the following characteristics:
A drainage area of greater than 600 sq feet
Greater than 10% slope
Type C soils or a failed perc test
Proximity to utilities or in the road right of way
Concentrating or redirecting the flow of water onto another property or toward any buildings.
Receive payment for any services rendered.
*Stewards should refer to a qualified professional for projects with any of the conditions above, or for any project that is beyond the scope of Rain Gardens Across Maryland.