Category Archives: Water Quality

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.

Garden Tour


Presented by  Howard County Master Gardeners

Maryland Master Gardeners

When:  September 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: 10009 Hackberry Lane, Columbia, Md. 21046

You are invited to tour a local garden in Columbia featuring many Bay-Wise practices designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. This lovely and tranquil garden incorporates many native plants into a residential landscape with numerous mature trees, a woodland garden, storm water mitigation, and attractive hardscaped areas.

Visitors will learn about pollinators and how to protect them, invasive plants and suggested native plant substitutes, storm water management ideas, composting, proper lawn care, and mosquitoes! The Master Gardeners will also host a native plant sale on site. Please come, enjoy and learn!

SusansThis is a free Master Gardeners sponsored event!
For more information email Holly McFarland at