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HoCo Stream Wader Info

Local Stream Health

A number of Stewards and local concerned citizens participate in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Stream Waders program. The Stream Waders sample sites for use in stream quality assessments.
Download Click this button to get a presentation of the latest stream health indicators.

Stream Waders also educate the local community about the relationship between land use and stream quality, provide quality assured information on stream quality to state, local, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and others. The goal is to improve stream stewardship ethics and encourage local action to improve watershed management.

Your streams and rivers need YOU!

Credit: Don Tsusaki

Middle Patuxent River Often Floods. Credit: Don Tsusaki

Time is running out!
August 15th is the deadline for applications to the Academy.

On July 31st the Middle Patuxent River (shown on a previous date above) flooded again and carried sediment and pollutants into the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. That river begins and ends in Howard County so let’s do something about it.

The Program:

Howard County’s Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is looking for innovative problem-solvers; people interested in serving the community by preserving and improving local water quality.

As an affiliate of the University of Maryland Extension in Howard County, the WSA is a training program that empowers residents to improve the health of our streams and rivers. Through a series of classes and community-based activities, you’ll experience spearheading individual and community efforts aimed at reducing the harmful effects of polluted storm water runoff into local streams, rivers, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

Training will commence on Sept 6, 2016.

You can learn about the student application by clicking here.

You can fill in an application by clicking here.

You can contact Terry R. Matthews, the WSA Program Coordinator at (410) 313-2711 or