Watershed Steward Program
The Watershed Steward Program is a new effort begun by the Conservationists of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. The purpose of the program is to gather like-minded property and homeowners who are interested in improving their property for the good of the overall watershed. Included in the program is recognition for your efforts through a certificate and a sign (pictured at right) provided by the Conservancy. The sign indicates that your property has improved the watershed by various conservation actions you have undertaken. It is a public way to recognize your role as a good steward.
Another part of the program is encouragement to register on a national website called Yard Map (http://yardmap.org) where you can record and share the projects you have done on your property. The site is intended to be an interactive way to assist others and to draw on project experiences to improve future outcomes. Registration with the site is not required, just encouraged, for the CWC’s Watershed Steward Program.
The CWC’s Watershed Steward Program was fashioned from the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Watershed Stewards Academy. A formal program was developed there to instruct volunteers to asses watersheds, educate communities, reduce pollutants and coordinate needed action. They are trained as “master stewards” to assist their neighbors and local communities to become good stewards of their watershed. Even though such formal training would be helpful, we do not expect to expand our program to that extent at this time. However, we do expect that helpful workshops will be offered as our Watershed Steward Program develops.
Click here to download an application to become a CWC Watershed Steward and help the quality of all water in Chautauqua County!