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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.
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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/.
For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Baker, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or at 443.944.1175. Please see the CCC Position Announcement 2017-18 for more information about the position.
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.