What We Do

Building Rain Gardens

The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy increases the number and diversity of trained volunteers who have the knowledge and skill required to enhance the health of our local streams, rivers, and lakes. Watershed Stewards work with neighbors to provide best storm water management practices.

Assessments and Training

We provide property owners with assessments that help them correct erosion problems and storm water damage. We also work with Homeowners Associations, Condominium Associations, Schools, Scouts, Businesses and Non Profit Organizations to inform and help them prevent pollution.

The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy is a training program to empower residents to improve the water quality of local streams. Stewards become community leaders in reducing harmful effects of polluted storm water running off into our streams.

The Academy provides Stewards knowledge and expertise from lecturers,

Training On Site

training in using watershed assessment tools for analyzing stormwater runoff and hands-on experience installing a solution to a storm water management problem.  A consortium of experienced stormwater management practitioners will provide Stewards with on-going support for their community projects.

DNR Stream Waders

Local Stream Health

A number of Stewards participate in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Stream Waders program. The Stream waders  sample sites for use in stream quality assessments, 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.

Newly Certified Master Watershed Stewards

Carolyn Derrenbacher

Carolyn Cradler

Paula Henry