Eric Buehl has a lot of ground to cover.
Buehl, Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist for University of Maryland Extension, works in Caroline, Talbot, Queen Anne's, Kent and Cecil counties. His main roles are connecting resources, overseeing grant funded work, and identifying watershed restoration projects. "I like connecting people," said Buehl, who has worked for Extension for two years.
Cecil has seen a surge in interest in stormwater management and related projects. "As far as what's happening with the volunteers and interest in it, that's going great," said Buehl.
The Cecil County Watershed Steward Academy is on track to graduate a second class. A third class will be coming early in 2017. Classes from that academy complete major projects as their capstone works.
Buehl said he will also make himself available to help the Town of Rising Sun with water quality projects planned and ongoing in Veterans Park.
He also works with groups such as the Octoraro Watershed Association, the Friends of the Bohemia, and Elk and North East Rivers Watershed Association (ENERWA).
He can appreciate the work that gets done. "I've lived on the shore since 1989. I worked in Delaware for 25 years and working with this is an absolute blast. It took me 20 years to get my bachelor's in environmental policy. I have a great interest in water quality and habitat restoration. This job combines the two. The Chesapeake Bay has great programs that are working together to get things done," he said.
He also likes it here and plans to stay around a while.
"Cecil County? I love it. It has rocks and hills and little streams. There are a lot of great people up here. It's a wonderful county," Buehl added.