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Berks County Master Watershed Steward Program & First Annual Berks Water Week

from Berks County Master Watershed Stewards

Feb 01, 2019
Nolde Stream Sampling

The Penn State Extension/Berks County Master Watershed Stewards will host the first annual “Berks Water Week” from Aug. 3rd through Aug. 10th, 2019. This county-wide celebration will spotlight the importance of clean water in our community.

PA has the second-highest number of miles of waterways in the nation and the highest number of compromised waters. Area organizations, schools and municipalities are asked to hold water-themed events during this time-frame. There is no cost to participate. Simply let the Master Watershed Stewards know of your event and we will publicize it as part of “Berks Water Week”. Sponsorships of “Berks Water Week” are available. Please contact coordinator Karin Wulkowicz at [email protected] or 610-378-1327 for more information. Become a part of this inaugural event, because clean fresh water is important to all living things.

The Berks County Master Watershed Steward program is recruiting new volunteers for the 2019 training class. This program trains volunteers to become citizen scientists. Classes will be held Monday evenings 6-9 PM from mid-March through mid-June, with three Saturday field trips.

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

To become a certified Master Watershed Steward, you must complete 40 hours of training and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service. After becoming certified, you can maintain your status by giving at least 20 volunteer hours and attending at least 10 hours of continuing education annually.

Volunteers educate the public about water and perform “boots on the ground” projects to improve water quality in our community and downstream. An information meeting about the program will be held Mon., Feb. 11th , 2019 at 6 PM in the Berks County Ag Center. Please see the flyer link below for more information.

MWS 2019 flyer

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