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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 www.nanticokeriver.org/programs/outreach/cambridge 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 lisabaird@nanticokeriver.org 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       alice@delawarenaturesociety.org

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.

Living Shorelines Workshop in Federalsburg–Rescheduled for March 14

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance invites shoreline homeowners and interested community members to a Living Shoreline Workshop on Saturday, March 14 (rescheduled from February 21) in Federalsburg. (Another workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28 at the Westside Community Center in Bivalve.) 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.

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 will present.

This program is free to attendees and is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Please register by March 13.

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance Seeks Volunteer Creekwatchers for Year Eight

Galen BrosiusThe Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now recruiting volunteer Nanticoke Creekwatchers for the 2015 monitoring season. This will be the eighth season of the bi-state, award-winning citizen water monitoring program. Since the program’s inception, over 90 citizen scientists have participated, acting as the eyes and ears of the river and its connected waterways.

Every other week from late March through early November, Nanticoke Creekwatchers visit their adopted sites, make observations about the sites and weather conditions, take measurements, and obtain three water samples that are processed by Envirocorp Labs Inc. (nutrients and bacteria) and Horn Point Lab (chlorophyll a). The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) provides training, equipment, and on-going support for volunteers.

Envirocorp is a key program partner and provides $70,000 in free laSusan Goodb analyses each year. Other 2015 program partners include the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science’s Integration and Application Network, Town Creek Foundation, Salisbury University’s Bacterial Source Tracking Lab, Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, and Rommel Outdoors.

“Nanticoke Creekwatchers provide a critical service to the community by collecting water quality data and helping us build a long-term dataset,” said Beth Wasden, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. “This data allows us to observe trends and helps us target areas and issues of concern, such as high bacteria counts.” The NWA and Salisbury University’s Bacterial Source Tracking Lab will be conducting a limited tracking project during summer 2015 to help determine the cause of these OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhigh counts at three sites along the mainstem of the river

Beyond providing local residents and visitors with information about water quality through in-season data maps and annual report cards, the volunteer-driven program also helps guide the NWA’s greater efforts in the watershed. The 2014 Nanticoke River Report Card will be released in July 2015 and will examine dissolved oxygen, water clarity, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, and bacteria data from the 2014 season.

The 2015 season will officially begin with the Annual Training and Season Kickoff on Saturday, March 21, which will be held at the Trap Pond State Park Baldcypress Nature Center in Laurel, DE. Creekwatchers must attend this training or an alternate training session, which will be determined according to demand. Training will give insight intoColden and Debbie Fees the Creekwatchers program and its history and water quality issues and indicators. In addition, the March 21 session will cover the program’s water quality monitoring protocol and will offer an opportunity for volunteers to role-play a typical Creekwatchers experience and to use equipment on the water.

In preparation for the 2015 season, the program specifically seeks volunteers to cover sites in the Seaford area, on the lower Marshyhope Creek near Sharptown, and the upper Marshyhope Creek near Federalsburg. However, the NWA invites anyone interested in volunteering as a Nanticoke Creekwatcher to contact Ms. Wasden in order to obtain more information about the program and to register for training. Ms. Wasden may be contacted at bethwasden@nanticokeriver.org or at 443.944.1175.

Volunteer Opportunity: Ancient Sand Ridge Forest Restoration at Nanticoke Wildlife Area

Nanticoke – Ancient Sand Ridge Forest Restoration
Sunday, December 7      1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
                
Location: Meet at the entrance gate to the Nanticoke Wildlife Area on Red House Road, just off of Woodland Ferry Road, South of Seaford and close to Bethel.    View Map

Project description: Fish and Wildlife conservation staff and volunteers have been working to restore an ancient sand ridge forest, a forest composed mostly of oaks and pines that develops on ridges or dunes. Degraded by time, these areas are habitats of conservation concern in Delaware, with their restoration and/or improvement important to many plant and animal species. The goal of the project is to re-establish ancient sand ridge forest in the Nanticoke Wildlife Area to provide habitat for species of concern such as the frosted elfin, a rare butterfly that depends on plant species found only in Delaware’s ancient sand ridge forests.

Volunteers will be removing pre-cut trees, limbs, and logs. The work involves bending, lifting and possibly the use of handsaws and loppers.

What to bring/wear: Work gloves, hand saws and loppers will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes or boots, and are encouraged to dress in layers based on the weather.

Age requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 15 years old. Those under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form. An adult must accompany volunteers under the age of 16.

Contact: Volunteers are asked to pre-register with contact information in case of inclement weather leading to postponement. For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Lynne Pusey at 302-735-3609 or lynne.pusey@state.de.us.

Living Shoreline Demo Open House in Delaware

Flyer for Inlet Living Shoreline Open House_Page_2 Flyer for Inlet Living Shoreline Open House_Page_1The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Watershed Assessment Section will be hosting a Living Shorelines open house at the Indian River Inlet Marina on Thursday, November 2 from 10 AM-2 PM. Attendees will learn about costs, processes, permitting, and more. Please contact Alison Rogerson at 302-739-9939 if you plan to attend, and see the flyer for full info and a map.

FREE Seminar for Wicomico County Homeowners and Renters with Septic Systems!

Septic Clinic Flyer_Wicomico

 

Have you ever asked yourself:

Should I use additives in my septic tank?

How often should I have it pumped?

Should I use a garbage disposal?

The University of Maryland Extension and School of Public Health invites you to participate in a free seminar to answer all the questions you’ve ever asked about your septic system.  A septic professional will teach you how maintaining your septic system can save you money and protect your family, neighbors, and the environment. You will also learn what to expect from typical professional services, like inspections, pump-outs, and other maintenance needs. University of Maryland researchers will also be conducting a short survey to better understand how homeowners take care of their septic systems. Join us by registering at the link provided below. Participation is limited!

Date: Nov. 8, 2014

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Wicomico Public Library

122 S. Division Street, Salisbury, MD

To register go to: http://goo.gl/forms/IlQcNTsu2m

If you would like more information about this seminar and the associated research, feel free to email Daphne Pee, Coordinator of the Chesapeake Water and Septic Homeowner Education Project, at dpee@umd.edu.