2016 Nanticoke River Report Card Released
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released the 2016 Nanticoke River Report Card on June 10 at the annual Nanticoke Wade In. Both the river and creeks grades dropped to C+, falling from B- and B respectively.
Total nitrogen continues to be the worst indicator, and 2016 was no exception. However, total phosphorus grades broadly dropped, as did chlorophyll a, which indicates runoff pollution and algal blooms. The intense, localized summer storms and more prolonged autumn storms that caused flooding and damaged dams and roads also brought large amounts of rain and runoff info local waterways.
We encourage you to make changes in your home, work, church, community organization, and school landscapes to help reduce the impact of intense rain events, which have increased in this region and are anticipated to continue to increase with climate change.