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Nanticoke Currents June 2017 Newsletter Now AVAILABLE!

Find out what the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance has been up too so far in 2017!  Check out our latest Nanticoke Currents newsletter and other Nanticoke Currents editions.

Creekwatchers Tidal Data Now Tier III!

The Nanticoke Creekwatchers’ tidal data have achieved the highest standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and are now Tier III.  This means state and federal agencies can use our data for assessments in policy making and management. Great job Creekwatchers, and congratulations!

http://www.umces.edu/news/nanticoke-watershed-alliance%E2%80%99s-monitoring-program-reaches-highest-distinction

FREE 2-Day Creek Freaks Educator Workshop for ALL Teachers, Environmental Educators, and Volunteers

Free 2-Day Creek Freaks Educator Workshop

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will be offering a FREE 2-Day Creek Freaks Educator Workshop on Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  at the Laurel Public Library.  Teachers, Environmental Educators, and Volunteers will participate in stream monitoring in the field, in classroom activities focusing on watersheds, and outdoor experiences to develop a basic understanding of stream ecology.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

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.

Backyard Conservation Workshop at Greenwood Library on July 22

Join our mailing list to be notified of future Homeowner Workshops and other programs.

July 15 Backyard Conservation Workshop in Salisbury!

Please note that this workshop is now full. Join our mailing list to be notified of future opportunities.

NWA Now Recruiting for a 2017-2018 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now recruiting a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer for the 2017-2018 service term. Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers serve as integral members of staff and assist with a wide range of programs, including the award-winning Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program, environmental education, and outreach.

The purpose of the Corps Program 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 training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others. Corps Members help manage programs and projects 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. This program provides young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

With a staff of three, there will be ample opportunity for the Corps Volunteer to be an integral member of a dedicated team. The Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA partner organizations and gain professional contacts through various networking opportunities. The Corps Volunteer will learn the inner workings of a small non-profit conservation organization and will be given the opportunity to take ownership of their work as well as understand how it fits into the overall conservation efforts of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance.

To Apply:    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 ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.  To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102. Chesapeake Bay Trust will also provide admission into the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, a Bay-wide conference with ample learning and networking opportunities. Corps Volunteer will receive grant writing experience and plan, implement, and manage a project of their own through a mini-grant offered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

For more information about the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance or to submit your resume in advance, contact Beth Wasden at bethwasden@nanticokeriver.org or at 443.944.1175. Please see the CCC Position Announcement 2017-18 for more information about the position.

Office Closed for Holidays

Hello,

The NWA’s Office will be closed until Tuesday, January 3.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Happy Holidays!

You’re Invited to NWA’s New Year’s Dinner on January 11!

Please donate to the NWA on Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is here!  Here are the top 10 reasons to support the NWA:

Giving Tuesday-2016

Please donate on November 29 at www.ShoreGivesMore.org

Your donation will:

  • Help fund the award-winning, EPA-approved Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program.
  • Educate seventh grade students and homeowners of Wicomico and Dorchester counties, MD and Sussex County, DE on water quality issues and the community’s role in protecting the environment.
  • Coordinate environmental improvement projects on schoolyards, residential properties and agricultural lands.