The Watershed Stewards Academy's eighth annual Spring into Action conference is expected to draw more than 200 citizens and restoration professionals to Northeast High School (1121 Duvall Highway) on February 23 from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The conference provides opportunities for Master Watershed Stewards, restoration professionals and the public to network, learn the latest watershed restoration techniques and explore community engagement methods that benefit the Chesapeake watershed.
Whether you are a seasoned Steward, a stormwater professional or just getting started in the wide world of watershed restoration, this year's conference has three tracks that something for everyone.
Speakers “The Humane Gardener” author Nancy Lawson; Erik Michelsen of Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program; Michel Anderson, ecoliteracy and engagement manager at Blue Water Baltimore; Curtis Bennett, director of conservation community engagement at the National Aquarium in Baltimore; and Liana Vitali, naturalist and education coordinator at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.
The Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy trains and supports citizens to become Master Watershed Stewards. Master Watershed Stewards take action with their neighbors to address the problem of stormwater pollution and restore local waterways in Anne Arundel County. Since 2009, Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy has certified more than 200 Master Watershed Stewards from Brooklyn Park to Herring Bay. Last year alone, Stewards planted more than 7,100 native trees and plants, removed 263,300 square feet of invasive plants, installed nearly 100 projects to cultivate clean water, and reached more than 8,000 Anne Arundel County residents with information about conservation practices.