Wanted: Volunteers for the Master Watershed Steward Program

Here’s some info from the Penn State Extension about a great new opportunity in the Lehigh Valley:

Pennsylvania’s first Master Watershed Steward Program will be piloted in the Lehigh Valley in 2013 as a collaborative effort between Penn State Extension, the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, the Nurture Nature Center, the Northampton County Conservation District, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

The Master Watershed Steward Program is an educational extension program that empowers citizens of the Lehigh Valley to take action to address watershed problems throughout the region. This program, based on proven models used in states throughout the country, will give volunteers the confidence and knowledge they need to work with the community to improve the health of our water resources.

We are looking for individuals that have a keen interest in the environment, a willingness to learn more and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community. Whether you are a teacher, an accountant, a construction worker, a homemaker, or retired, YOU can become a Master Watershed Steward!

To become a certified Master Watershed Steward, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of training and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service. In subsequent years, you can maintain your Master Watershed Steward status by giving at least 20 additional volunteer hours and attending at least 8 hours of update training annually. Example projects include:

  • Organizing and executing stream clean ups
  • Designing and installing demonstration rain gardens
  • Monitoring streams for bacteria
  • Carrying out stream bank restoration projects
  • Organizing educational and informational workshops addressing topics such as rain barrels, wildlife, pollution prevention, stormwater management, and invasive plant control.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Watershed Steward, contact Erin Frederick at 610-391-9840 or elf145@psu.edu for more information.