Student Applicant Information

Applicant Information

Howard County WSA Certification Course Training Schedule

The classes will usually be on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm at the University of Maryland Extension Office (3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite #240, Ellicott City, MD 21043).

Please note there is also fieldwork on some Saturdays.
(Please see the Planned Schedule.)

Attendance of one Informational Session is recommended prior to completing an application.   If you are unable to attend any of the sessions listed,  please contact Terry R. Matthews (410 313 2711) to schedule a meeting.   (Please see the Informational Session)

A Qualified applicant will:

  • Be a resident of Howard County and at least 18 years old.
  • Be proficient in basic computer skills such as Microsoft Office, internet browsing and be willing to learn new programs.
  • Be able to serve as a community resource for environmental and watershed information.
  • Complete the Master Watershed Steward Certification course.
  • Attend class sessions.
  • Complete an Action Project.
  • Be willing to maintain certification in subsequent years.

Upon Satisfactory completion of the program the candidate will have:

  • Learned about storm water management principles and practices.
  • Learned about best management practices (BMP’s) for controlling storm water in a residential setting.
  • Learned about native plants and their role in protecting the environment.
  • Met storm water professionals in Howard County.
  • Gained hands-on experience in designing and installing rain water management systems.
  • Learned to present the concept of storm water management to neighbors and small groups.
  • Learned about the geographic information systems (GIS) application used by Howard County Watershed Stewards.
  • Become a certified Master Watershed Steward.

If interested, you can:  Use the On-line Application Form

Application Due Date: Applicants must ensure that the completed application and two letters are postmarked or emailed no later than August 15th, 2017.

An interview is required prior to acceptance into the program. The HoCoWSA Coordinator will contact you to arrange an interview shortly after receiving your application. We will accept applicants into the class until the class is full.

Cost: Tuition is $250 per person, due upon acceptance into the program.  Scholarships may be available.

For more information, please contact Terry R. Matthews @, 410.313.2711