now browsing by category


Chapel Branch Nature Day on October 3

ROR CB Flyer

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), along with the Delaware Nature Society (DNS), Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Town of Blades, and the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy, invite residents to come to Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford Delaware where the ROR partnership will be celebrating Delaware’s efforts throughout the series and providing fun outdoor activities for the whole family.

For a $5 registration fee (plus $1.12 credit card fee), participants can enjoy food, drinks, and informational exhibits by the ROR partnership, as well as a nature walk where guides will be discussing native wildlife. There will be hands-on activities exploring the creek critters of Chapel Branch with DNS as well as demonstrations on how to test water quality with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Creekwatchers.

Local Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be lending a hand to the nature area by working on trail maintenance to reduce erosion into the creek. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the beautiful nature area. Some tools will be available although volunteers are encouraged to bring additional items such as clippers, shovels, saws, and wheelbarrows which may be in short supply. Building trail steps to reduce erosion will be the focus of this service project.

This event is sponsored by Del-Coast Design & Build and Dogfish Head Brewery. Raffle items provided by sponsors include a $500 value trash and recycling storage shed from Del-Coast Design & Build as well as hats, t-shirts and other items from Dogfish Head Brewery. The Chapel Branch Nature Day will educate residents on techniques used to improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution entering Delaware’s waterways.

The event will take place on October 3, from 9AM – 1PM at Chapel Branch Nature Area located at 492 Woodland Road, Seaford, DE 19973. More information can be found at this address:

Office Closures in September

Due to reduced staff and the schedule, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance office will be closed on a number of dates during the month of September. We encourage you to call before visiting.

The office will be closed on September 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 15, 22, 24, 25, 28, and 29.

We are hopeful that our office hours will return to normal in October.

NWA Seeking an Education Coordinator

NOTE: This position is now CLOSED. Thanks for your interest in the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance.

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is seeking an Education Coordinator to lead the Environmental Education program in Wicomico and Sussex Counties. In addition, the Education Coordinator will assist with the Nanticoke Creekwatchers program, outreach programs, and administrative tasks. Please see the job description for full details.

Candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references prior to August 28, 2015, to Shelly Baird at No phone inquiries please.

Office Closures in August

Due to our current staffing level and staff schedules, the office will be closed on several dates during the next couple of weeks. Please check this post for updates prior to visiting the office.

The office will be closed on August 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 31.

2014 Nanticoke River Report Card Now Available!

The 2014 Nanticoke River Report Card is now available online! If you’d prefer a hard copy, drop by our office in Vienna or visit us at an upcoming festival, including:

  • Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival on August 22
  • Woodland Ferry Festival on September 12
  • Reclaim Our River EcoPaddle on September 13
  • Reclaim Our River EcoHike on October 3

If you missed our Wade In and Report Card launch, check out some of the media coverage related to the event:

Thanks to all of our Creekwatchers and to our program partners for their hard work and support!

Blades Homeowner Workshops

Blades FlyerThe Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now accepting registrations for Homeowner Workshops that will be held in Blades, DE, in July, August, and October! Please see our Blades Homeowner Workshop page for more information and to register.

Cambridge Homeowner Workshops

Cambridge FlyerThe Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will be hosting the first of three Homeowner Workshops tomorrow, June 6 at Christ Church Hall in Cambridge, MD. Workshops are free, but space is limited. Please visit for more information and to register for the workshops!

Position Announcement: NWA Seeks Chesapeake Conservation Corps Stipend Volunteer

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance Seeks Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

Looking to get job experience in the environmental field? Interested in living and working on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and protecting one of Chesapeake’s major tributaries? The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is recruiting for an exciting opportunity for people ages 18-25!  The Chesapeake Conservation Corps program is an innovative effort by the Chesapeake Bay Trust to educate and train young environmentalists in preparation for a variety of “green jobs.”  We are looking for a good match for the NWA to host for the CCC year 2014-15.  Please see position description (linked below) and pass along to anyone interested.

Position Description: See full position description here

Position Start Date:    August 25, 2015

To Apply: For more information on the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program and to download the application, click here. You can view the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Host Application by clicking here.

For more information about the position or to submit your resume in advance (recommended), contact Lisa Baird at or 410-443-8878.

 Application Deadline: April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm 

SmartYard Workshops in Delaware

SmartYards WorkshopsThe Delaware Nature Society will be hosting three SmartYard Workshops in the Delaware portion of the Nanticoke River watershed this spring. All workshops are free to attend, but registration is required.

Learn how to create a beautiful yard that benefits birds and butterflies while helping to reduce pollution in our local waterways by attending a FREE workshop.

Workshop topics will include:  native plants to suit your yard; creating a bird friendly habitat; supporting beneficial pollinators; rain gardens:  plants for wet areas and storm water run-off; and low maintenance & healthy lawns.

Participants will have the option to certify their yard as a NWF “Wildlife Habitat.”

Contact Alice Mohrman to learn more: 302-422-0847 x100

Living Shorelines Workshop in Bivalve on March 28

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance invites shoreline homeowners and interested community members to a Living Shoreline Workshop on Saturday, March 28 in Bivalve. (Another workshop will be held on Saturday, February 21 at the Federalsburg Museum.) Living shorelines mimic natural processes and provide a means of stabilizing shorelines while providing a number of benefits, including wildlife habitat and water quality improvements. The Living Shoreline Workshop aims to provide homeowners with context, information, and resources needed to begin the process of installing a living shoreline. Topics will include:

  • an examination of Nanticoke River characteristics, including water quality indicators and how they relate to living shorelines
  • the importance of living shorelines (when appropriate) and why they are preferred over hardened structure like rip-rap and bulkhead
  • the permitting process
  • the costs of installing and maintaining
  • examples of living shoreline projects from technical advisors, including contractors.

Speakers will include representatives from several organizations, such as the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Maryland Sea Grant, the Maryland Department of the Environment, Environmental Concern, and Bryan and Sons.

This program is free to attendees and is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Please register by March 26.