FREDERICK, Md.—The Chesapeake Conservation Corps selected Hood College's Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies as a host institution and provided funding for a research intern.
Max Ruehrmund, a recent graduate of Washington College, will assist the center with water quality monitoring efforts in Carroll Creek, Culler Lake and Lake Linganore; organize stream improvement projects; and assess stormwater drainage into Culler Lake.
The center, launched in May, will augment Hood's current coastal studies program; provide opportunities for service learning, hands-on research and training in the use of state-of-the art equipment; and bring distinguished scholars to campus to meet with students and offer lectures on topics related to the direction, future and sustainability of local natural and cultural environments.
Central to the center's mission will be to provide training for K-12 science teachers in the community, advanced lab and field experiences for high school students, and hands-on environmental science experiences for middle and high school students at sites throughout the region during the summer.
The Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a program established and funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the state of Maryland and Constellation Energy, pairs volunteers with organizations that offer hands-on environmental, leadership and technical training opportunities. The initiative, established by the Maryland legislature in 2010, provides service-learning
opportunities as well as green job and leadership training for young adults interested in environmental careers and Chesapeake Bay protection. This year, 25 people ages 18-25 were matched with organizations throughout the state for paid, one-year internships.