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The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance would like to thank all of the media who attended and covered our Wade In and 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card Launch. You can view the following videos and reports to learn more about how the day went. We will continue to update this page.
On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released the 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card, which examines the health of the river and its tributaries during the 2015 calendar year. The report card uses data from the NWA’s Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program, along with data from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s Volunteer Monitoring Program and Chesapeake Bay Program data.
In addition to examining trends for the five major indicators (dissolved oxygen, water clarity, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a), the 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card also reveals results from the Summer 2015 Bacterial Source Tracking project.
The report card also provides information on how we can all improve local water quality and how to get involved with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance or the Nanticoke Creekwatchers program.
Hard copies of the report card are available in the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Vienna office and at upcoming outreach events, including the Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival, the Woodland Ferry Festival, and the Nanticoke Jamboree.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance office will be closed during the week of July 4-July 8. We will reopen on Monday, July 11. We wish all of our friends a happy and safe Independence Day!
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is one of many potential Host sites for the 2016-17 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on environmental, leadership and green job training opportunities for young adults through environmental, community engagement and energy conservation projects. This initiative, supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland, places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($16,000 annual stipend).
The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others. Corps members will work fulltime on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment as well as provide young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.
If successfully matched with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA staff to help administer the various programs of the organization. Projects include a variety of efforts targeted at watershed restoration, environmental education, public outreach, and water quality monitoring. Please view the CCC Position Announcement 2016-17 for full details about the expectations and responsibilities of the position. Please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden (or 443.944.1175) with any questions about this program or to directly submit your resume.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($16,000) beginning on August 23, 2016. To find the application or view a list of potential Host Organizations go to http://www.cbtrust.org/chesapeakeconservationcorps.
Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Program Specialist Tara Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now seeking volunteers to participate in the 2016 Nanticoke Creekwatchers Program. We are in particular need of volunteers in the Tyaskin/Bivalve/Nanticoke area who can cover two sites on the river and two on Wetipquin Creek. Prospective Creekwatchers must commit to monitoring at least one assigned site every other Sunday or Monday from late March through early November. Volunteers should be prepared to sample at least 14 out of 17 sampling periods. No prior experience in water monitoring is required, but volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to learn.
Please see the Nanticoke Creekwatchers page for a Creekwatchers Position Description and more information about the program, or contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden via email or by phone at 443.944.1175.
The NWA office will be closed from Tuesday, December 22 until Monday, January 4. We would like to wish all of our friends a happy and bright holiday season!
The Chesapeake Conservancy has released a virtual tour of the Nanticoke River, allowing viewers to experience one of the Chesapeake’s most pristine rivers from their computer, smartphone, or tablet. The virtual tour is available at http://www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/apps/nanticoke/ and provides an interactive view of the entire river from the perspective of a kayaker. Users can virtually travel down the river with a number of conveniences including geographic locations, and recreational amenities.
The Nanticoke River flows 64 miles through the states of Delaware and Maryland to Tangier Sound before reaching the Chesapeake Bay. Its 1,133-square-mile watershed is home to hundreds of rare, threatened and endangered species. The Nanticoke provides some of few places to find globally rare plant and animal species, including Harper’s beakrush, Parker’s pipewort, and box huckleberry, as well as unique plant communities such as Atlantic white cedar non-tidal wetlands and xeric sand ridge forests.
“The Nanticoke remains one of the most diverse and intact watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay region. This is one of the few places you can go to see the world as Captain John Smith and the American Indians saw it 400 years ago,” Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO, Joel Dunn said. “Through this project, the Chesapeake Conservancy is working to connect people and the wildlife and habitats of the Nanticoke. We hope the virtual tour will inspire people to get out and see the beauty of the Nanticoke firsthand and foster a sense of stewardship to ensure the protection of this national treasure.”
“The Conservancy and Terrain360 have made the Nanticoke accessible from the living room or the classroom in an incredibly unique, engaging way,” Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small said. “While there is no substitute for experiencing this great river first hand, the virtual tool is the next best thing for users who want to plan a trip, or just explore all or part of this historical and natural treasure in a matter of minutes.”
“The Maryland Department of Commerce applauds the Chesapeake Conservancy for its efforts to showcase the natural beauty of the Nanticoke River,” Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary R. Michael Gill said. “We hope this new virtual tour will encourage visitors to explore Maryland’s Eastern Shore and enjoy all that it has to offer.”
Earlier this year, the Conservancy and Richmond-based Terrain360 deployed a one-of-a-kind handmade boat, equipped with six cameras mounted 10 feet above the water’s surface to capture high-resolution, 360-degree images every 50 feet. Terrain360 built and operates the pontoon and stitched the images together to create a digital image map of the Nanticoke.
“The virtual tour allows users to plan their trip in advance,” Terrain360’s Andy Thompson said. “The tour will make the Nanticoke River more accessible by limiting the number of unknown factors. People want to know where they can put their kayaks in and where they can take them out. With this tool, they will know what to expect because they have already seen it.”
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance seeks a Half-time (900 hours, preferred) or a Quarter-time (450 hours) AmeriCorps Member to serve as a Programs Assistant through August 31, 2016. The AmeriCorps Programs Assistant will work extensively with NWA staff to deliver programming throughout the watershed. Candidates should have an interest in environmental education and in working with diverse populations, including volunteers. Please see the NWA AmeriCorps Position Description and the AmeriCorps Information Sheet 2015-2016 for full details about the position and its requirements.
AmeriCorps Programs Assistant
Background: The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) is a consortium of organizations working together to conserve the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River watershed. The mission, goals, and objectives of the NWA are developed by consensus with our partnership. Partners include organizations and businesses from Maryland and Delaware, including representatives from agriculture, industry, environmental, business, community, and state, local and federal governmental organizations. www.nanticokeriver.org
Responsibilities: The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) seeks a Half-time (900 hours) or Quarter-time (450 hours) AmeriCorps member to serve as a Programs Assistant through August 31, 2016. Hours per week will vary according to the NWA’s needs and the AmeriCorps Member’s schedule. (Please see ShoreCorps/PALS: The AmeriCorps Program at Salisbury University for a complete overview of the AmeriCorps program and a description of AmeriCorps-related requirements.) The AmeriCorps Programs Assistant will work directly with NWA staff to help administer the various programs of the NWA. Projects include a variety of efforts targeted at water quality monitoring, environmental education, and public outreach. The NWA operates in Maryland and in Delaware, and the AmeriCorps member will be expected to travel and to deliver programming in both states. The AmeriCorps Programs Assistant will:
- Work with Nanticoke Creekwatchers, a citizen science volunteer program that serves to monitor water quality in order to identify potential restoration projects and to engage watershed residents,
- Assist with the implementation of a student and teacher environmental education program, focused on meeting local environmental literacy requirements, including teacher workshops, in-classroom presentations, field days, outdoor learning experiences, action projects, and more,
- Assist with the facilitation of homeowner educational workshops, focused on water quality and stormwater best management practices (BMP),
- Assist with access and education related to the Nanticoke River Water trail, a portion of the Captain John Smith Trail,
- Recruit for and manage at least one river clean-up in conjunction with Project CleanStream or Coastal Cleanup,
- Assist with continued maintenance of and outreach on the Tom Tyler Nature Trail, which highlights forestry BMPs, and
- Perform other tasks and duties as needed.
Training and Benefits: AmeriCorps ShoreCorps/PALS is a federally-funded program that aims to benefit vulnerable populations in counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The AmeriCorps program provides a living allowance and a post-program education award (amounts vary based on the amount of time served). Federal student loan forbearance and reduced accrued-interest payments may also be available while serving as an AmeriCorps Member.
The AmeriCorps Member will receive work skills and training in water quality monitoring techniques, delivering and developing environmental education programs, performing community outreach and improving public speaking, and recruiting, training and managing volunteers.
With a full-time staff of three at the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, there will be ample opportunity for the AmeriCorps Member to be an integral, highly-participatory member of a dedicated team. The AmeriCorps Member will work directly with NWA partner organizations and gain professional contacts through various networking opportunities. They will learn the inner workings of a small non-profit conservation organization and will be given the opportunity to truly take ownership of their work as well as understand how it fits into the overall conservation efforts of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance.
Qualifications: The preferred candidate will possess and demonstrate excellence in the following areas: verbal and written communication, public speaking, computer skills, problem solving, leadership, and commitment to the Chesapeake Bay. Experience in environmental education, website development (WordPress), graphic design, or GIS is a plus. A background in science or the environment is not required, although the candidate should have an interest in these areas and in conservation issues. Candidates must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
Start Date: November 2015 or later
To Apply: Application and more information about the ShoreCorps/PALS Program at Salisbury University is available at SU’s AmeriCorps page
For more information about the position and the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, contact Beth Wasden at 443.944.1175 or at email@example.com.