County Conservation District
Watershed Specialists (CDWS)
The Conservation District Watershed Specialist (CDWS) Program was formed circa 2000 with the understanding that
'a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world'. That quote from Margaret Mead continues to function at the de facto anthem for the passionate and dedicated individuals who serve throughout the commonwealth as Conservation District Watershed Specialists. The CDWS program provides funding to County Conservation Districts to employ a Watershed Specialist.
The Watershed Specialist is tasked with a wide variety of responsibilities, but the essence of the position remains true to its original focus of enabling communities to affect positive change on water quality. This purpose, detailed in the program's Objectives document is most commonly accomplished through collaboration with Watershed Associations and other non-governmental organizations as well as through: the impactful use of state, federal, and private grants to implement water quality restoration projects; perform monitoring or enable citizens to engage in water quality monitoring; and by providing education to students of all ages. If you are a Watershed Specialist, the links below may be useful. If you are a resident or a member of a watershed association, sportsman's association or other stakeholder group and you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved with water quality monitoring, grant writing, and stream or lake restoration, please don't hesitate to reach out to your Watershed Specialist.
Information for Watershed Specialists