Training class helps residents keep local streams clean [Highland/Fulton]

Howard County Times

How much thought do you give the task of getting a drink of water? Do you get it from your kitchen faucet or reach for a bottle in the fridge? Do you pour it out of a filtered pitcher? What about its purity? Do you give that any thought?

The next time you get yourself a glass of water, think about this: Over 10 percent of the world’s population drinks water that is gotten from untreated sources. Around 10 percent are thought to eat food that is irrigated with waste water.

In some developing countries, nearly four out of every five illnesses are linked to poor water and unsanitary conditions. You might be saying to yourself, “What does this have to do with me?”

That’s a good question.

In fact, your local University of Maryland Extension – Howard County sponsors a training class called the Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy (HoCoWSA), where local residents are empowered “to improve the water quality of local streams.” Georgia Eacker, HoCoWSA advisory committee member and the Master Gardener Coordinator for Howard County has been quoted as saying, “(t)he Watershed Academy equips people with an understanding of what affects the quality of both water and land, which impacts individuals, families and every one of us in this community."

The next training class starts on Sept. 4. For more information, please contact Terry Matthews at 410-313-2711 or via email at

There’s a new face at Reservoir High School- Assistant Principal Michael Cometa who comes to RHS from Patapsco Middle School. Welcome to Gator-land!

Pray especially for the family of Howard County Fire Fighter Nathan Flynn. May he rest in peace and may his sacrifice never be forgotten. Flynn, a 13-year-veteran, died July 23 fighting a house fire in Clarksville.

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