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UNIT 1

Introduction to VCE Master Gardener—Water Stewards

This first unit introduces the VCE Master Gardener—Water Stewards (VCE MGWS) and provides an overview of how VCE MGWS can bring about positive change in their communities. The resources in this chapter focus on two areas, the essentials of volunteerism and effective programming in preserving water resources, and understanding how non-point source pollution impacts water quality.

OBJECTIVES:

1. Understand the basics of the water cycle

2. Know why water is important in both economic and non-economic terms

3. Understand the purpose and organization of VCE Master Gardener Water Stewards

4. Learn the essentials of a well-rounded VCE MGWS program

5. Complete volunteer agreement form and return to agent

Understanding Water

  • Groundwater Basics

  • Non-point Source Pollution

Becoming a Steward

  • Introduction to the Program

  • Creating a Lasting Impact Through Education

Unit Review

VCE Master Gardener Handbook

1. Chapter 16 Water Quality and Conservation

2. Chapter 17 Who are the VCE Master Gardeners?

Reading Suggestions

Understanding Water

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Getting to Know Water: Understanding Water as a Resource. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 1.1.1 1-4.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Getting to Know Water: Where Water Supplies are Stored: Surface Water and Groundwater. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 1.1.3 1-2.

Nickinson, P. and G.V. Wills. 1986. “Where’s the Groundwater?” Sandcastle Moats and Petunia Bed Holes: A Book About Groundwater. Virginia Water Resources Research Center, pp. 1-8.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Getting to Know Water: How Nature Recycles and Purifies Water: The Hydrologic Cycle. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 1.1.2 1-3..1-4.

Hairston, J.E. and J.C. LaPrade. 1992. Caring for our Lakes: A Management Guide. Alabama Cooperative Extension Publication WQ-09-92, pp. 1-11

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution of Alabama Waters. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 4.1 1-5.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. The Urban Environment and NPS Pollution: The Best Management Practices to Control Urban NPS Pollution. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 4.7.4 1-4.

Becoming a Steward

Staff. Introduction to the VCE M aster Gardener—Steward Program. Advanced VCE Master Gardener—Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook.Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Staff. Master Gardener—Steward Training and Volunteer Agreement Form. Advanced VCE Master Gardener—Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Creating a Lasting Impact Through Education

Staff. Creating a Lasting Impact Through Education. Advanced VCE Master Gardener—Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Water Stewards Unit 1

Water Quality for Virginia Master Gardeners

Virginia Cooperative Extension Advanced Master Gardener: Water Steward Handbook

 

 

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