Category Archives: Environment

2020-2021 Training

Master Watershed Stewards improve water quality by:
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  • Planting native trees and plants, and removing invasive plants
  • Surveying streams
  • Stenciling storm drains
  • Engaging Homeowners Associations
  • Conducting residential site assessments
  • Planting streamside forest buffers
  • Recommending, designing, and installing stormwater remediation
  • Providing workshops and presentations

Master Watershed Steward Certification

Master Watershed Steward Certification prepares volunteers
that help protect, restore, and aid in the conservation of local
watersheds within their own communities. This course will
teach the skills needed to assess residential stormwater issues
such as:

• Understanding soil profiles
• GIS land application
• Other citizen science-based tools required to apply best management
practices to help treat stormwater related conditions

In becoming certified, you will be a part of a network of local professionals and volunteers who work to reduce stormwater pollution. Course participants will be required to complete the certification process which has a lecture component (September – December) as well as a capstone project component that involves practical demonstration of acquired skills through community-based activities
(January – July).

Native Bees with Sam Droege

Date: June 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This free virtual presentation is hosted by Howard County Office of Community Sustainability and the University of Maryland Extension. To get the event password, please email

Colorful images of 9 flies, wasps and ants showing diversity.
Image courtesy of Sam Droege, USGS

The decline of honeybees is well documented, but trends in local native bee species remain uncertain. What do we know about native bees? Learn from Sam Droege, wildlife biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, who has spent years studying and tracking native bees.