Howard County’s largest environmental education program – The Watershed Report Card – reaches 5,000 students from all 13 Howard County High Schools. Students study the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of local streams and complete a scientifically rigorous assessment. The final product of this year-long study is a student-developed, published Watershed Report Card. At the Summit, students turn the table and present their grade to county leaders.

Students have been collecting data at stream sites across Howard County for several years as part of this program.  The Water Reporter tool allows students to analyze the trends within the data over time.   Click here to view data collected by our students since 2016 on the Water Reporter map!

Download the 2024 Watershed Report Card

Television CoveragePrint ArticlesOther
Check out the WBAL TV Video: Mt. Hebron Students Study the Ellicott City Floodec-video-websiteHCPSS Video and Article 2020 Legislative Reception Featured Project Spotlight
Ava Marie From WBAL 11Baltimore Sun Coverage of Ellicott City Flood Case Study Water Reporter 2020 Case Study Spotlight
Students bring a fresh perspective to the future of Ellicott City discussions ec-video-websiteCheck out this article about the Statewide Report Card Program!Ben Cardin Speaks on the Senate Floor
HCPSS Article About the SummitNational Public Radio Interview
A Baltimore Sun Article on the Watershed SummitRead about our Watershed Report Card partnership with HCPSS
A Baltimore Sun Article on the NOAA GrantThe 2017 Watershed Report Card Summit

A teacher explains the impact of the Restore Maryland
Streams program
The 2017 Watershed Report Card Summit Summary Video by HCPSS
Howard County Times highlights Ellicott City Student Task Force

Pictures from the student experiences during the year-long Watershed Report Card Program: