SMC’s Keli Stambaugh has become a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional! The CBLP Program is a system of materials and consistent instruction across the region, creating a community of certified professionals to be better stormwater partners and environmental stewards. The credential training and examination are based on a core set of standards in sustainable landscaping, emphasizing stormwater retrofit best practices and conservation landscaping with native plants to benefit the environment.

Keli started taking the Anne Arundel County Watershed Steward’s Academy course in November of 2018 and graduated in November 2019 as part of Class 11. Her Capstone Project was a Butterfly/Pollinator Garden Restoration at Jug Bay – sponsored by SMC – where she and other Anne Arundel County Master Watershed Steward’s Academy candidates, as well as volunteers from the Center of Help Hispanic Community Center – Annapolis; Arnold/Broadneck Girl Scout Troop; and WSA Stewards and friends and Family provided a well needed makeover to the 2,000 square foot entrance of Jug Bay Wetland’s Sanctuary in Lothian, MD. This Butterfly and Bird Garden Restoration and Rain Barrel Installation Project opened up the minds of young adults enthusiastic to learn about the environment around them. The team spent two Saturdays clearing invasive species and planting more than 200 native pollinator friendly plants, adding a trail extension, and installing rain barrel for stormwater management and watering capabilities.

Keli has since also joined the WSA Environmental Literacy Committee and volunteers at the Annapolis Center of Help (Hispanic Community Center) in order to help educate the local youth about stormwater management and
environmental conditions.

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