Potomac River Greenways Coalition Offers Master Watershed Stewardship Program


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

March 19, 2004

Potomac River Greenways Coalition Offers Master Watershed Stewardship Program

Potomac River Greenways Coalition Inc. is offering a free Master Watershed Stewardship Program for Fairfax County residents interested in learning about watersheds and how to protect streams that flow into their sources of drinking water, the Potomac River and Occoquan Reservoir. The first workshop was held on March 8, and sessions are scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month from March through June. All sessions are open to the public and will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

The program consists of eight 2 and one-half hour sessions focusing on technical and organizational information related to watershed management. Sessions will be led by local, regional and national experts from organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Watershed Protection, and River Network. Participants will gain a firm understanding of watersheds, stream restoration, and management plans as well as how to organize communities for watershed protection. Workshop participants will receive materials that support each discussion topic, such as modules from the EPA Watershed Academy.

Residents can become certified as master watershed stewards by attending six sessions and completing 24 hours of watershed-related community service, such as organizing a community watershed organization or participating in Fairfax County's watershed management planning process. Participants who complete the requisite EPA Watershed Academy modules are eligible to receive the EPA's Watershed Academy's Watershed Management Training Certificate. For more information about the EPA Watershed Academy, visit www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/wacademy/.

PRGC is hosting the free workshop in partnership with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Audubon Naturalist Society and the Potomac Conservancy. This program is partially funded through a Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

For more information about the Master Watershed Stewardship Program, contact Krystal Kearns at 703-324-1426, TTY 711 or prgc_krystalkearns@yahoo.com. For more information about the Fairfax County Watershed Management Planning Process, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/Watersheds or call Fred A. Rose, P.E., chief, Stormwater Management Branch or Paul Shirey, P.E., program manager, at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

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