Freshwater Society developed the Master Water Stewards (MWS) program in 2013 to equip citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to help improve water quality at the grassroots level.
Master Water Stewards are certified by participating in a broad training curriculum led by experts in the fields of hydrology, stormwater management, water policy, community-based social marketing, and rain garden assessment and installation. They must complete a capstone project that captures rainfall and allows more water to soak into the ground, and lead a community outreach event. Stewards then become a point of knowledge and influence in their communities.
Master Water Stewards volunteer 50 hours of community service in their initial year of certification, at least 25 hours each subsequent year, and attend eight hours of continuing education to maintain their certification. To date, stewards have accomplished a tremendous amount through their service.
- Connected with thousands of people through outreach and educational events
- Installed or planned more than 83 projects, including rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, a dry creek bed, and a permeable driveway
- Prevented well over 1.2 million gallons of polluted stormwater runoff from entering our lakes, rivers, and creeks each year! In the process these efforts remove silt, leaves and plant material, animal waste, automobile gas and oil spillage, excess salt, and other debris from our neighborhoods.
To learn more, citizens can visit www.masterwaterstewards.org.
About Freshwater Society
Freshwater Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people to value, conserve, and protect water resources. www.freshwater.org and www.masterwaterstewards.org.