Our vision is a healthy environment where stewardship is an integral part of our whole community.

In order to offer hope and solve environmental problems, WET strives to:

Protect Water Resources

  • Using and disposing of harmful materials properly
  • Providing and organizing beach, stream or wetland cleanup
  • Organizing storm drain stenciling project
  • Providing public education re: dangers of water pollution and stormwater runoff

Preserve Native Ecosystems and Wildlife

  • Planting local and native species that will provide food and shelter for wildlife
  • Making a special effort to grow rare or threatened species from the local area

Encourage Sustainable Agriculture

  • Support methods that have a positive impact on environment, society and animals
  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs
  • Farming methods reconnecting producers and consumers
  • Integrated system of plant and animal production practices

Promote Wicomico County′s Rural Character, Vibrant Towns, & Natural Landscapes

  • Rural character- seeing the night sky, working the land, knowing your neighbors, and valuing community
  • Vibrant Cities-places that are alive and active —to which people will naturally be drawn
  • Natural landscapes-Unspoiled physical features appreciated beauty, inspire exercise and commit to preservation

Nurture Attractive, Liveable, & Environmentally Friendly Communities

  • Attractive, pedestrian-oriented public realm
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Clean natural environment
  • Places that feel safe
  • Environments that nurture human community and interaction

Encourage Smart Growth Practices in Wicomico County

  • Mix Land Uses
  • Take Advantage of Compact Building Design
  • Range of Housing Opportunities and Choices
  • Walkable Neighborhoods
  • Foster Distinctive, Attractive Communities with a Strong Sense of Place
  • Preserve Open Space, Farmland, Natural Beauty and Critical Environmental Areas

Our mission is to conserve, celebrate, and protect natural resources in Wicomico County and contribute to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay in order to promote a healthy environment for current and future generations.

Our Goals

  • Community Engagement

    1. Strengthen relationships with business, government, non-profits to further WET mission
    1. Outreach: Expand program offerings to more diverse audiences in the county
  • Public Policy

    1. Increase WET attendance at public policy meetings and hearings and subsequently disseminate information to board members
    2. Strengthen formal communication to board members, WET members and community at large
  • Organizational Structure & Operations

    1. Strengthen WET membership: Revised mailing list and donor lists, launch of new website; website unveiling, Annual dinner invite and phone calls
    2. Improve business practices: Ramp up social media presence; Develop relationships with new partners and revisit current partnerships
    3. Improve board practices: consent agenda, protocol document, recommit to attending board meetings and submitting committee reports
  • Program Development

    1. Enhance Creekwatcher program: received $50,000 grant for creekwatcher coordinator and Tier III achievement, hopefully expanding to include students, floating wetlands project with Bennett and Parkside High School
    2. Expand and develop interfaith partner programming: calendar of events for the fall
    3. Expand WET program offerings: Calendar developed

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Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) is the nation’s largest program aimed at eliminating cigarette litter. Since its inception, the program has been successfully implemented in more than 1,700 U.S. communities nationwide.

Over the past 10 years, the CLPP has consistently cut cigarette butt litter by approximately 50 percent in the first four months to six months after program implementation. The initiative provides grant funding and easily accessible information about ash receptacles, pocket and portable ashtrays, and other education and awareness tools.

Wicomico Environmental Trust received a grant from Keep America Beautiful to prevent cigarette litter.  Cigarette litter is collected regularly and recycled into shipping pallets, ashtrays and plastic lumber.  WET will also be sponsoring public service announcements on public radio.

Look for the yellow ballot box bins in and around Salisbury, favorite eateries and shops where smokers can deposit cigarette litter while also voting on a pertinent question.