Want to become a Master Watershed Steward?

State Senator Lisa Boscola announced Friday that a new program in Lehigh and Northampton counties, the Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program, will be training volunteers as Master Watershed Stewards.

The training program will begin the week of March 12 and continue on subsequent Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. through mid June. An information session will be  6-9 p.m. Jan. 15 at Seidersville Hall in the Lower Saucon Township Municipal Complex.

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.

“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 in a news release.

“Improving the environment by providing volunteer training through this pilot program benefits our community while protecting our natural resources for our children.”

Master Watershed Stewards  participate in a variety of programs, such as  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.

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