Green Valley Watershed Association seek steward applications

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EAST NANTMEAL — The Green Valley Watershed Association is accepting applications to its Fall 2017 Schuylkill Water Stewards program. The class focuses on the exceptional value French Creek, from its headwaters in southern Berks and northern Chester County as well as the high quality Pickering Creek – both vital tributaries to the Schuylkill River. Join the effort to study them and keep them beautiful as a Schuylkill Water Steward (SWS) volunteer.

Schuylkill Water Steward volunteers will participate in four fun and engaging, weekend training sessions on the science of healthy watersheds, threats to local streams, water sampling techniques, and more. An emphasis is placed on hands-on, streamside training. The SWS program is especially popular with sportsmen & women and environmental educators, although anyone who is interested in protecting and learning more about the streams in northern Chester and southern Berks Counties will find value in this training.

Classes begin on Saturday, October 28, and continue through Saturday, November 18. Following training, SWS volunteers will be part of a network that conducts water quality sampling and collects information on aquatic wildlife and their habitats. Additional volunteer opportunities include stream clean-ups and other restoration activities. As a Schuylkill Water Steward, you will gain the satisfaction of being part of a team of like-minded individuals, in an effort that protects local streams for the benefit of the communities and wildlife that depend on them.

The deadline to register is October 20. Learn more about the program and sign up at

Schuylkill Water Stewards is a partnership between Green Valleys Watershed Association, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Natural Lands, Pennsylvania Audubon, Berks Nature, and Hay Creek Watershed Association. Major funding is provided through the William Penn Foundation’s multi-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative, which has engaged more than 50 leading conservation organizations in aligned, prioritized efforts to improve water quality and quantity in the Delaware River Watershed, and to assess the impact of those interventions.

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