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Master Watershed Steward Program Call for Volunteers

Jan 10, 2018 • by Berks County Master Watershed Steward Program
A stream in Birdsboro

The Berks County Master Watershed Steward Program will train the next class of volunteers in the Spring of 2018, in collaboration with Berks Nature and the Berks County Conservation District.

The Master Watershed Steward Program is an educational extension program that empowers citizens of Berks County to take action to address watershed problems throughout the region.  This program, based on proven models used in states throughout the country, will give volunteers the confidence and knowledge they need to work with the community to improve the health of our water resources.

We are looking for individuals that have a keen interest in the environment, a willingness to learn more and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community.   Whether you are a teacher, an accountant, a construction worker, a student, a homemaker, or retired, YOU can become a Master Watershed Steward!

To become a certified Master Watershed Steward, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of training and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service.  In subsequent years, you can maintain your Master Watershed Steward status by giving at least 20 additional volunteer hours and attending at least 10 hours of update training annually.  Example projects include:

Organizing and executing stream clean upsDesigning and installing demonstration rain gardensMonitoring streams for bacteriaCarrying out stream bank restoration projectsOrganizing educational and informational workshops addressing topics such as rain barrels, wildlife, pollution prevention, stormwater management, and invasive plant control.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Master Watershed Steward, contact coordinator Karin Wulkowicz at 610-378-1327, ext. 221 or [email protected] for more information. 

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