The Chesapeake Bay Trust has selected the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as a Host Organization for the 2013-2014 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program. Beginning August 27, a volunteer selected by the Chesapeake Bay Trust will work for DEP for a year assisting with watershed education and stream monitoring. DEP will provide a mentor, work space, a work plan and liability coverage and the Chesapeake Bay Trust will pay the volunteer a $15,500 stipend and provide health insurance.
The Conservation Corps program is administered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and funded by the State of Maryland and Constellation Energy. The program is designed to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults ages 18 to 25 who are pursuing environmental and conservation careers. This is the first time Montgomery County has applied to the program. DEP was one of 25 hosts selected from 75 applicants.
DEP’s watershed education activities include teaching the public about ways they can enhance water quality and stream health, including better management of pet waste and lawns; reducing littering; reducing onsite stormwater runoff from homes and businesses and by becoming a stream steward volunteer.
Stream monitoring is the cornerstone of DEP’s watershed program, identifying where pollution is degrading streams and helping DEP prioritize its watershed restoration efforts. Water quality monitoring assesses and tracks the health of the County's sub-watersheds over time.
For more information about watershed programs, visit DEP’s website or contact Ryan Zerbe at Ryan.Zerbe@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7744.
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