Does your backyard flood? Are you looking to improve local water quality? Do you live on the water and want to take actions to keep it beautiful? Become a Master Watershed Steward! The University of Maryland Extension Program and St. Mary’s County Government are excited to announce the second St. Mary’s County Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) certification course. This is an adult education program that runs on Wednesday evenings beginning April 18, 2018. Stewards will gain hands-on and classroom training in a diverse range of topics including: watershed processes, installation and maintenance of stormwater best management practices, project funding and permitting, community engagement, and much, much more! Participants will receive the tools and resources necessary to assess watersheds, identify pollution sources and restoration opportunities, and educate their community on current water quality issues. Tuition is $50 and includes a toolbox for stewards. Financial assistance is available.

For more details on this course, or to apply online, please visit and select the St. Mary’s County program. The application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018.

For more information, please contact Nicole Basenback, Watershed Restoration Program Assistant, at 301-475-4484,, or Jackie Takacs, Watershed Restoration Specialist, at 240-393-6508.