Maricopa County Master Watershed Steward Program Wins Valley Forward President’s Award
On Saturday evening, September 29th, the Valley Forward Association awarded the Maricopa County Master Watershed Steward Program top honor—the President’s Award—during its 32nd Annual Environmental Awards Gala at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. Awards were made in many categories, recognizing achievements in buildings and programs that express the values of sustainable development. The Maricopa County MWS program also earned the first-place Crescordia Award in the Environmental Stewardship category.
The MWS course educates participants about their local watersheds using classroom instruction and field training. The 10- week course uses the Arizona Watershed Stewardship Guide, which provides information on watersheds and related issues. Graduates receive Master Watershed Steward certification after completing the course and performing 40 hours of volunteer activities relating to what they have learned. Volunteers in Maricopa County contributed more than 1800 hours of service on projects including education, restoration, and monitoring.
Summer Waters, is the Water Resources Extension Agent who runs the Phoenix MWS program. “It was a great honor to receive this level of recognition for the MWS program here in Maricopa County. This has been one of my favorite programs to work with over the years. The stewards themselves have greatly contributed to the awareness of water resources and the environment in the Phoenix area, so I think this award is very appropriate.”