Maryland Sea Grant Extension Specialist Receives University Faculty Award
Amanda Rockler, a watershed restoration specialist with the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, has received the Off-Campus Junior Faculty Award from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Rockler and four other Extension watershed restoration specialists promote projects to enhance water quality in the Bay and its tributaries. These efforts have included, for example, helping local groups and homeowners to design and build rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff.
The award to Rockler was presented at the college's annual Convocation and Awards ceremony and included this citation describing her achievements:
"During her three years as a tenure-track Extension educator, Amanda Rockler has achieved an impressive scholarly, Extension program and service record. She has authored or co-authored multiple articles and publications, assisted in securing grants totaling more than $4 million, and been invited to make dozens of regional and national presentations.
"Amanda has provided leadership for several major programs including the Watershed Stewards Academy, Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY), and Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Training. She also works with the other four regional watershed specialists on the Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART) tool, a web-based tool for private homeowners to report their stormwater practices to assist counties in meeting their EPA Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
"Amanda has also taught or coordinated programs for more than 13,000 people including more than 1,000 secondary school students."
Read more about Amanda Rockler's work on watershed restoration in an article in Maryland Sea Grant's magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly, "A Garden of Opportunities for Cleansing Urban Storm Runoff."
Find the watershed restoration specialist for your region of Maryland here.