Watershed Masters Volunteer Training Program

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Fall 2016 Watershed Masters Information is here!

 

 Sponsored by:

Skagit Conservation District, City of Anacortes, City of Burlington, City of Mount Vernon, City of Sedro-Woolley, & Skagit County

 

Are you interested in meeting new friends, learning from local experts about water quality related issues in the Skagit Valley Community, and participating in meaningful community projects? The Skagit Conservation District is now taking applications from interested community residents, age 17 and up, for participation in the Fall 2015 Watershed Masters Volunteer Training Program. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness on a variety of water quality problems and solutions and to inspire community stewardship in regards to water quality.

 

WHAT DO WATERSHED MASTER VOLUNTEERS DO?

  • Receive 40 hours of FREE training which covers geology, history, the biology and habitat needs of local salmon, stream ecology, soils and wetlands, the values and functions of estuaries, nonpoint sources of pollution, household hazardous waste, forestry, agriculture, and water quality monitoring.
  • Hear from MANY LOCAL EXPERTS on a variety of topics and issues.
  • Become familiar with the complexity and dilemmas involved in managing our natural resources.
  • Participate in field trips to explore local watersheds.
  • Receive a free comprehensive reference notebook.
  • Meet new friends.
  • Participate in meaningful community projects.

 

Volunteers who complete the training return forty hours of volunteer service over the next year (or two) by undertaking projects designed to protect and/or restore water quality, or educating the public on these same issues. The Project Coordinator will work with each Watershed Master Volunteer who has completed the training to design a plan of action for returning the forty hours of training. Volunteer projects are geared toward the interests of the participant.

 

Training is held in the Fall (Sept. - Nov), however, quarterly workshops, field trips, and other events are held year round.

For dates and times of upcoming events and to find out the latest on Watershed Masters graduates, call Kristi Carpenter @ 428-4313 or email kristi@skagitcd.org