Thinking globally and acting locally, Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy (AAWSA) is a Maryland-based nonprofit that trains people on how to improve the water quality in their local communities. These stewards take action to address the problem of storm water pollution and restore local waterways in Anne Arundel County. The Academy has certified over 200 stewards in the county and together they have completed almost 100 projects.

Because they have a small staff who are super busy making a difference in Anne Arundel County, AAWSA brought us onboard to provide communications support. They are lucky to have strong organizational leadership and an inhouse Communications & Development Coordinator.

Graduates of the Watershed Stewards Academy and volunteers with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps and the South River Federation plant over 200 plants in the Heritage Harbor neighborhood of Annapolis, Md., on May 2, 2011. (Photo by Matt Rath/Chesapeake Bay Program)

We’re working closely with their team to advise them on their communications strategy through the various channels available to them.  This year marks their 10th anniversary and they have lots to celebrate and communicate! Their annual conference is just weeks away and, you should consider attending! They will have multiple sessions for training interested community members in strategies for watershed restoration. Skill levels will range from enthusiasts to restoration professionals, and will focus on overcoming obstacles to restoration, collective impact, and engaging with new audiences. The conference will take place on February 23rd in Pasadena, Maryland, and early bird registration is open now.