Environmental Advisory Board
2nd Tuesday @ 6:30 PM
2943 North Charlotte Street
Master Watershed Steward Program
If you have an interest in the environment and the water we drink, a willingness to learn more, and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community, Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program may be a good fit for you! Don’t miss out – Montgomery County’s 2019 Master Watershed Steward Basic Training starts April 11th.
The Master Watershed Steward program is a volunteer opportunity that offers 50 hours of training for ordinary citizens on numerous environmental topics including water quality, stream health, native plants, habitat, recreation, groundwater and much more. No prior watershed knowledge is required to become a Steward! After finishing the Basic Training course, trainees must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within their first year to become a certified Master Watershed Steward. Potential volunteer projects include organizing stream cleanups, designing and installing demonstration rain gardens, and organizing educational workshops that address topics such as backyard conservation or homeowner stormwater management. In subsequent years, Stewards maintain their status by completing at least 20 volunteer hours and attending a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education.
Montgomery County’s Basic Training will run from April 11 - July 11 on Thursday evenings from 5:45pm-8:30pm and also includes two Saturday field trips. Classes are held at the Montgomery County Extension office and at partnering environmental organizations throughout the region. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 11, 2019.
For anyone who would like to learn more up the upcoming training, two free public information sessions are schedule for the following dates and locations:
January 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm
Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, PA
Session to be held in the Beech Room
Walk-ins welcome; RSVPs preferred. Call 610-489-4315 to let us know you’re coming!
February 15 from 7:00-8:30pm
Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust
2955 Edge Hill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
RSVP to Kevin Roth at email@example.com or 215-657-0830.
For additional information about the program and applications, visit our website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/watershed-stewards/counties/montgomery, or contact Erin Kinley at 610-489-4315 ext 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a part of a scout troop and interested in helping your community, please review the list of projects below and then email Jamie Gwynn at email@example.com. Please provide a timeline with your interest.
Community Park: Replace boards on 9 picnic tables
Hickory Park: 7 for inside the pool
Community Park: 2 regular benches, 8 for the hockey deck, 4 for the baseball
Hickory Park: 5
Pleasant Run: 3
Swamp Creek: 4
Swamp Creek: 4
Interpretive Signs - this would be based on the different types of species at each park
Frisbee Golf Course Map with rules
Montgomery County is now part of the newly revised county-wide spotted lanternfly quarantine. This affects your municipality even if spotted lanternfly hasn’t shown up yet. You play a key role in educating your residents on this topic. Please consider putting a news item about this in your local newsletter or on your municipal website. You may also want to discuss eradication strategies with your parks or public works staff. Some strategies, and their overall timing, are listed in the attached chart. Although this is a bug that we’re still learning more about, destroying egg masses and Ailanthus trees at this time of year is a proactive strategy to take. The spotted lanternfly has the potential to hugely impact not just our local agricultural economy, but the various goods that are shipped through (and out of) this area.
Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners
Spotted Lanternfly Management Timeline Chart
http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx. And if you’re interested in receiving more information on this topic, please let me know. I’m happy to pass it along as it’s released.
The quarantine press release is here: http://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=616
Click here for our comprehensive page regarding stormwater management.
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