BETHLEHEM,  January 3, 2014- State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that a new program in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, The Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program, will be training volunteers as a Master Watershed Steward.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals with an interest in the environment who also want to make a difference in the Lehigh Valley” Boscola said. “Improving the environment by providing volunteer training through this pilot program benefits our community while protecting our natural resources for our children”.

Volunteers who enroll must complete a minimum of 40 hours of training and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service to earn their Master Watershed Steward status. The curriculum features three interactive Saturday field trips and a Friday evening amphibian survey. Additionally, Master Watershed Stewards may participate in a variety of programs, such as but not limited to: Organizing stream cleanups, working with school children, carrying out water quality testing and assisting with stream restoration projects. Classes will be held at partnering environmental organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley.

The training program will begin the week of March 12, 2014 and continue on subsequent Wednesdays from 6:00-8:3 p.m. through Mid June. An information session will be held Wednesday, January 15th from 6-9 p.m at Seidersville Hall in the Lower Saucon Township Municipal Complex.

For more information on the Penn State Master Watershed Steward program, please contact Erin Frederick by email: elf145@psu.edu, or phone: (610-391-9840), or Senator Boscola’s Bethlehem office located at: One East Broad Street, Suite 120, Bethlehem PA 18018, (610-868-8667).

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