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Watershed Stewards

Watershed Stewards is a program of Washington State University, Clark County Extension and the Clark County Clean Water Program. The program trains people to be volunteers for clean water in the community and presents workshops in rain barrels, rain gardens, green cleaning and other ways to improve our watersheds.

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Who are Watershed Stewards?

Jointly sponsored by WSU Clark County Extension and Clark County's Clean Water Program, the Watershed Stewards of Clark County work to enhance understanding and encourage practices that lead to healthy communities and watersheds through:

  • Educating Clark County residents about watersheds and how individuals affect those watersheds.
  • Partnering with agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups and individuals to promote community participation in local water quality and fish and wildlife enhancement educational outreach and activities.
  • Working independently and jointly with agencies and organizations to monitor water quality in Clark County’s streams, lakes, and wetlands. See our News page for more stories about Watershed Stewards
  • Providing information to answer community member’s questions on watersheds, water quality, and habitat enhancement.


The Watershed Stewards Program began in 1999 as part of the Lacamas Lake Restoration Program. The first training took place in Fall of 1999, graduating 10 Watershed Stewards. In 2000, the Clark County Clean Water Program began funding the program in partnership with WSU Clark County Extension.

The Watershed Stewards Program currently offers training free to the public each spring and fall. Candidates for the program must apply to the Coordinator and agree to return a minimum of 45 hours of volunteer time in a variety of educational outreach forums or project activities. For a listing of our partners, go to Our Favorite Sites.

What can you do?

Make Your Own Project

Feel Creative? Let us help you create your own project.  The Watershed Stewards program will help you find resources and learn how to plan your project and help recruit other Watershed Stewards to help complete your project.  Past project include a habitat educational trail at a Ridgefield Elementary School, restoration on a county-owned greenway, garbage collection at a local stream, and a restoration project at Tenny Creek Park. Contact Us.

Host a Workshop

If your club, church or neighborhood associations wants to learn more about how to protect clean water, we have a presentation for you! We will come to your club and give a presentation on a variety of topics including rain barrel construction, rain gardens, permeable pavements, green cleaning or any other clean water topic, all you need to do is provide the space and at least 15 people to pre-register. Contact Us.

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Individuals, Scout groups, neighborhood associations, and school groups can all participate in our storm drain stenciling program. You can do a lot of good on a sunny weekend with a few people, some spray paint, and a stencil. For more information on this great service project and access to all the materials at no charge, Contact Us.

Garden Naturally

Use native plants; they reduce your water consumption, resist diseases and pests, and attract wildlife. Instead of reaching for toxic insecticides, try a tray of beer to kill slugs or bring in lady bugs to control aphids. You will be surprised at how much wildlife will come to your garden if you reduce the use of toxic chemicals. For more information on natural gardening seminars, Contact Us.

Build a Rain Garden

A rain garden is simply a planter bed dug 6 to 12 inches deep into which you direct your downspouts. It is planted with a variety of attractive perennials and shrubs. For more information on rain gardens or to find out when the next rain garden workshop will be held, Contact Us.

Find a volunteering opportunity

The Watershed Stewards program maintains an email listserv to publicize upcoming classes, workshops and some volunteering events. If you’d like to receive these infrequent updates, please contact us by sending an email with your name and the request to subscribe to our volunteer listserv.

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