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The Nanticoke River watershed stretches 88.5 miles from Delaware into Maryland and is home to over 90,000 people (US Census Bureau, 2010). By conducting one of the first economic studies in the region, researchers from the University of Delaware Water Resources Center were able to conclude that the water, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Nanticoke River watershed contribute over $3.7 billion annually to the region’s economy
“We don’t think about it, but we can save a lot of money by letting nature do what it’s supposed to do,” points out Lisa Wool of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. “Think of wetlands as a sponge, absorbing pollution and sediment before it can enter our rivers. This means wetlands can reduce flooding in urban areas, make our drinking water cleaner, and can even and decrease our need to dredge. We call these ‘ecosystem services’; they are things ecosystems do already that provide a service to humans.”
– Lisa Wool
Executive Director, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will host “The Value of Clean Water,” a free, public meeting that examines the value of water in the economic sense. An agenda and flyer with full details are available. The meeting will be held from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Vienna United Methodist Church Hall.
If you’d like to attend the event, please register by completing the form below or emailing Amanda Anastasia.
NWA Joined Federal, State and Local Officials Yesterday to Showcase WIP (Watershed Implementation Plan) Focused Projects within the Nanticoke River watershed. Read all about it!
Federal, state and local officials showcase projects in Greenwood, Laurel and
Bethel to reduce flooding, and improve water quality and community livability
Federal, state and local officials gathered in Sussex County today to showcase projects in Greenwood, Laurel and Bethel that will reduce flooding and improve water quality of the Nanticoke River and Broad Creek, Delaware’s tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.
EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Director of the Eastern Partnership Office David O’Neill, joined with DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and the mayors and dignitaries of Greenwood, Laurel and Bethel to show how federal, state and local partnerships can improve community livability and the health of local waters.
“These water projects are good examples of how local communities can help repair and protect vital ecosystems and improve our quality of water for generations to come,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “But they cannot do it alone. With the federal, state and local levels of government working together with other local partners, we can make sure these projects come to life.”
“These projects, which will reduce flooding and improve water quality, are a terrific way to illustrate what happens when federal, state and local governments collaborate,” U.S. Sen. Chris Coons said. “Through restoring a buffer of native vegetation in Greenwood and by developing green infrastructure design in Laurel and Bethel, the folks in these communities will reap the benefits of these improvements for years to come. An investment in helping towns overcome barriers to improving water quality is also an investment in the overall well-being of that community.”
“Delawareans all across our state are blessed to have such beautiful natural habitats to enjoy,” said Congressman John Carney. “It’s our responsibility to care for these resources and ensure that future generations have the same opportunity. Greenwood, Laurel, and Bethel have identified projects that will improve the water quality in the region, reduce stormwater runoff, and restore their shoreline along the Nanticoke River. I’m excited that the federal government, in partnership with state and local leaders, is helping to move these projects forward and protect these beautiful parts of our state.”
Greenwood, Laurel and Bethel are among towns selected by NFWF to receive financial or technical assistance through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund that helps local communities restore and protect water quality and vital habitats within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Major funding is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service and Altria Client Services. Additional funding is provided by the D.C. Department of the Environment, FedEx, Northrop Grumman, Wal-Mart Acres for America and Wells Fargo.
“Improving stormwater management by implementing low impact development, green infrastructure and other stormwater management practices are breaking new ground when it comes to reducing water pollution” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “They will help take us to the next level of innovation and creativity, spurring new ideas and showing people living throughout the watershed how restoring clean water benefits local communities.”
“This year we have seen local governments of all sizes step forward to proactively meet the challenge of restoring the Chesapeake Bay, while also protecting their local rivers and streams,” said David O’Neill, Director of the Eastern Partnership Office of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). “It is especially heartening to see small localities like Greenwood, Laurel and Bethel demonstrate that this important work has meaningful local benefits.”
The projects support efforts to meet the state’s goals of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) by helping the towns overcome barriers to improving water quality of Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay tributaries. To accomplish reductions in nutrients and sediment flowing into the Nanticoke River and Broad Creek, the WIP calls for projects that reduce pollution from urban stormwater runoff and that stabilize stream banks.
“The projects in Greenwood, Laurel, and Bethel will improve the water quality of our local streams and rivers, reduce flooding, and enhance the quality of life for local communities,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “By federal, state and local partners working together, we are securing resources necessary to ensure that our waterways are safe, swimmable, and fishable for current and future generations.”
The Town of Greenwood was awarded $35,000 to restore a buffer of native vegetation along 1,000 feet of the Cart Branch Tax Ditch, which drains into the headwaters of the Nanticoke River. Located within the heart of the community in the Brenda Jones Park, the restoration project will reduce stormwater runoff from two large industrial buildings, as well as the Park and will establish more than ½ acre of new floodplain and buffer habitat. Within walking distance of the Woodbridge Elementary School, the improvements expand outdoor educational programs for the community’s children.
Greenwood was awarded the federal funding by providing $67,500 in in-kind technical services and cash from local partners.
“This project will reduce and treat stormwater runoff at the Brenda Jones Park, the surrounding homes and industrial buildings, reducing localized flooding and erosion and helping improve water quality of the Nanticoke River,” said Mayor Donald Donovan. “The project has the added benefits of providing an education opportunity for school children at Woodbridge Elementary School. On behalf of everyone in Greenwood, I want to thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for this grant that will do so much for our town.”
At today’s event, students from the Woodbridge FFA joined with officials and local dignitaries to plant trees on the site, marking the first phase of the project. The trees were provided by the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Delaware Forest Service through an urban and community forestry grant made possible by the U.S. Forest Service’s Chesapeake Bay Program to the town of Greenwood and the Woodbridge School District.
“This project is a great example of how we can grow our natural resources and improve local environmental quality,” said Dr. Michael Valenti, Delaware State Forester. “We work closely with local governments to help them make their communities greener and healthier.”
“Trees represent nature’s original and most cost-effective option for improving water quality and reducing soil erosion and sedimentation. Trees should certainly be a central part of our long-range strategy to restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed,” said Henry Poole, the Delaware Forest Service’s Assistant Forestry Administrator.
The towns of Laurel and Bethel partnered in submitting their request for support and were chosen to receive technical assistance from NFWF’s Local Government Capacity Building Initiative valued at $100,000. They will use the support to develop green infrastructure design and construction plans for projects along the Broad Creek in both communities. To be selected for the grant, the towns and partners are providing up $82,500 in matching funds or in-kind resources.
Laurel’s request focused on the design of projects that will reduce stormwater runoff from entering the town’s sewer system, resulting in extensive flooding along 6th Street and discharges into Broad Creek. The funding will be used to assess the capacity and condition of stormwater outfalls, identify potential restorations areas and design plans for the reduction and treatment of stormwater discharge, stream bank stabilization and a greenway connection to the three waterfront parks – Janosik, Broadcreek Walkway and Laurel River.
“Laurel town government and our citizens are proud of our record as good stewards of the environment,” said Mayor John J. Shwed. “Our new state of the art waste water treatment plant built with state and federal assistance discharges excellent quality water to Broad Creek. This new project will build on that success by identifying ways to better control and reduce storm water runoff from entering Broad Creek or the WWTP. This environmental project will also enhance recreation in the Laurel community by furthering our vision of a greenway connection from the Records Pond Dam on the east to Laurel River Park on the west.”
Bethel’s projects will include planning designs that address flooding and restoration improvements throughout the town. The funding will be used to develop engineering plans that eliminate flooding and will identify possible solutions to restoring the town’s historic section that may include a permeable pavement along South Street, a bio-retention area near the Town Wharf and a living shoreline and wetland area for an eroding section of Broad Creek.
“The Town of Bethel would like to thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and DNREC for the opportunity to address the flooding and water quality issues with this generous support, said Jeff Hasting, President of the Bethel Town Council. “Bethel, with its shipbuilding heritage and its current, active agricultural community has always been a diligent custodian of its historic and environmental assets. The funding will allow our town to continue this tradition in new ways that will benefit Bethel and all or our neighbors who share the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and guest speakers discussed the environmental and economic benefits of the Nanticoke River in our Economics and the Environment in the Nanticoke Webinar. By conducting one of the first economic studies in the region, researchers from the University of Delaware Water Resources Center were able to conclude that the water, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Nanticoke River watershed contribute $3.7 billion annually to the region’s economy.
Economic Value of the Nanticoke Watershed, Gerald J. Kauffman & Andrew Homsey
Birding Economic Impacts, Jim Rapp
Chickens and the Delmarva Economy, Holly Porter
Anaerobic Digestion – Waste Management & Economic Development, Peter Ettinger
Economic Impacts of Local Fisheries, Fred Pomeroy
Get your What is the Nanticoke River Worth Printable PDF here!
To read the full economic report click the image below.
Historically, ditches have served the purpose of quickly moving floodwaters away from our properties and roadways. Ever notice that when it rains local waterways sometimes look like chocolate milk? That’s because of all the sediment in the water that got there because of erosion. When a ditch has been sprayed with an herbicide or scalped with a weed wacker there are no longer any root systems to hold soil in place and the banks erode. The loose soil is then carried into local waterways like the Nanticoke River and then into the Chesapeake Bay. For fish, soil in the water is like smoke in the air for humans. Excessive sediment in the water also blocks light from reaching the bottom, which can kill bay grasses and oysters. These aquatic plants add oxygen to the water through photosynthesis and provide critical habitat for young fish and shellfish. Aquatic plants also help reduce wave energy, thereby further reducing the erosion that occurs on the banks of tidal rivers and bays.
By planting native plants in your ditch, you can help reduce the amount of erosion that will occur and help protect the health of the Bay and other local waterways. Native plants have root systems that are much more extensive than the typical turf grass that is commonly seen lining ditches. These root systems help hold the soil in place while also allowing for more water to soak into the soil around the roots, which can reduce storm surge downriver during rain events. Native plants in your ditch will also help to reduce the amount of pollutants, like phosphorus and nitrogen, that can wash off the land and into waterways.
Ditches act as key conduits for pollutants to get from the land into the Bay. Excess nutrients that wash off the land fuel algal blooms, which block sunlight and kill bay grasses. Plants reduce the amount of pollution that reaches our waterways by allowing more nutrient-rich water to soak into the ground. Nutrients dissolved in in this water will be used by the plants and will not be freely released into ditches.
Buffers, or wide areas of protected land that minimize the effects of development on the surrounding environment, are used to combat this problem but they might not be possible everywhere. Designer ditches are similar to buffer zones but are meant to beautify your yard while helping to make it more eco-friendly. Native plants are accustomed to the environmental conditions of this area, so they do not require as much maintenance once established. They also provide food and habitat for critters native to this area as well, including important pollinators that are vital to our natural areas’ success and many family farms.
Colony collapse disorder is affecting bees across the world and there is no clear reason why populations are declining so quickly. With about 1/3 of our food coming from plants pollinated by bees, this is an issue that will affect everyone. One of the best ways that you can help support these important insects is by planting native plants and wildflowers. A particularly important way to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators is to plant flowers that offer them food in early spring. Many insects, like bumblebees, have been hibernating since autumn. As the weather warms, these insects become more active and need plenty of food and energy. Plants that flower in early spring can be critical for the survival of hungry pollinators who have not had much to eat in a while.
Designer ditches are a great way to make your yard more eco-friendly, but proper care must be given to the plants and ditch to ensure that it does not end up causing more harm than good. Regular weeding is necessary and the removal of woody material is imperative to avoid blockages and flooding of ditches. Ditches should not be a burden, but those interested in designer ditches should be aware of the implications of a poorly maintained designer ditch.
How It’s Made:
Designer ditches are a great way to help reduce the amount of pollution and sediment that reach the Bay. Their structure is the same as any other ditch, aside from the fact that these ditches are lined with native plants.
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Zone 1 is the bottom of the ditch. This area is generally wet and will hold water at times. Marsh plants should be used in this area because of their tolerance for standing water. When planting this zone be careful to ensure that plants will not get washed away or cause unnecessary obstruction to the flow of water. This could lead to flooding and problems with drainage.
Zones 2 and 4 are situated along the sides of the ditch. These areas will be very wet at times but will not hold standing water. Plants that can tolerate both wet and dry conditions are suggested for use. Zone 4 is the slope that is closer to the road. Road maintenance crews regularly mow and maintain roadsides so it is important to make sure that you clearly mark the beginning and end of your designer ditch with “No Mow Zone” signs that let road crews know that your native plants are meant to be there and should not be mowed*.
Zones 3 and 5 are the areas around the top of the ditch. These zones will not be nearly as wet as the other zones and should be planted accordingly. Planting in these areas is helpful in filtering runoff before it reaches the ditch as well as creating more habitat for birds, butterflies and other local wildlife. Zone 3 is the side closer to your yard and can be planted with larger natives that offer a barrier between your yard and the road. While you want to keep the ditch free of woody materials, trees and shrubs can be planted in zone 1 to really give your ditch a professional look. Zone 5 is closer to the road and is located in an area that is usually always mowed by road maintenance crews*. When planting in this area it is suggested to use plants that grow no larger than two feet to avoid obstructing motorist’s line of sight. “No Mow Zone” signage must be used if this zone has been planted because road maintenance crews regularly mow these areas.
*Depending on ownership and maintenance roles you may want to leave Zones 4 and 5 as mowed lawn.
Building a designer ditch is easy if you know what you’re doing. Luckily the NWA wants to help you create your own beautiful designer ditch.
What you’ll need:
- Aquatic Approved Herbicide
- Native Plants and Grasses
- Compost (optional)
Spray with an aquatic approved herbicide a few weeks before planting. Do not clean up the dead grass; the new plants will be planted within the dead turf grass to prevent erosion until the plants have grown and spread.
A beautifully landscaped ditch can be a great addition to your yard and even improve property values. Native plants are suggested for use because they have evolved for thousands of years to survive on the peninsula. They require less maintenance once established and provide an excellent habitat for native critters like the monarch butterfly and other local wildlife. Some native plants also provide critical early spring food for pollinators, which are vital to this region’s family farms. Click here for examples that will help you start designing your own ditch.
A variety of plants must be selected thanks to the different levels of moisture found in different parts of the ditch. Wetland plants are suggested for use in the middle zones, while drought-tolerant plants should be planted on the sides and upper zones. You should also think about the environment in which the plants will be living. Is there often more sun or more shade? Is there frequently standing water? Does the roadway receive a lot of salt during the winter? Salt tolerant plants can be purchased for use on the roadside of the ditch if you do receive larger amounts of salt in the winter. Click here for a list of Native plants selected by zone.
Below are some resources that can be used to find and purchase native plants:
Native Plants in MD, VA, WV: a resource to find native plant nurseries in Maryland.
Native Plants in DE, NJ, NY: a resource to find native plant nurseries in Delaware.
Adkins Arboretum: a link to the arboretum’s nursery, which sells native plants.
US Fish and Wildlife Service: locations of native plant nurseries in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Planting your Ditch
Once you have designed your ditch and selected your plants it’s time to start getting them in the ground. Plant your native plants among the dead turfgrass to help them stay in place as their roots begin to take hold. Be careful not to overcrowd plants as they need room to grow.
Do not plant any shrubs or woody plants in the bottom or along the side of the ditch to avoid possible problems with blockages and flooding. Make sure that the plants you put in Zone 1 have been pushed firmly into the soil so there is a reduced chance of them floating up and out of the soil and being washed away downstream.
Once all your plants are in place be sure to water them to help the soil settle in around the newly placed roots.
After you have planted, the ditch will need to be weeded approximately every two weeks. Plants will also need to be watered frequently during the first two years of growing seasons. Once the plants have grown and filled in, much less maintenance will be required.
Since the ditches play an important role in flood control it is important to trim and remove any woody material from the ditch in the fall. This will help water pass through unimpeded and ensure downstream pipes don’t get clogged.
Keep an eye out for any areas that appear to be eroding. These areas can be planted more densely or, if needed, stones can be placed in the area to prevent erosion.
DO NOT MULCH YOUR DITCH. Mulch can get washed away and clog pipes downstream.
Ideally water should soak into the ground or flow downstream within 3 days to avoid mosquito breeding. If water is sitting, mosquito management options need to be considered.
Designer Ditches Handbook:
Designer Ditch Site Plans:
Plant Selection and Photos:
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance wants to thank Environmental Concern and Frank McShane for creating these layouts, informational booklets and the list of native plants. Use these tools to get started creating your own Designer Ditch that can help reduce pollution and support local wildlife.
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: http://delawarewatersheds.org/
Eastern Shore MD Grassroots Field Specialist
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a MD Eastern Shore Grassroots Field Specialist to be based on the Eastern Shore of MD. This is a 2 year term position with the possibility of extension.
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF’s headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building. CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.
CONTEXT OF THE POSITION
CBF is working on defending and implementing pollution reduction programs in the three major bay states; Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia. We are currently building our capacity to work with local communities. The Grassroots Field Specialist will be responsible for building CBF’s grassroots efforts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, cultivating relationships with local groups and leaders, and building a strong, educated, and committed group of volunteers. With assistance from the Eastern Shore Director, the Grassroots Field Specialist is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further CBF’s program goals. He or she will identify and develop volunteers as team leaders to help build grassroots networks. In addition, he or she will identify and build alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers. This position will focus on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. With the assistance of the Eastern Shore Director, the Grassroots Field Specialist will be responsible for the coordination and effective implementation of CBF’s organizing goals. They will help create organizational and issue visibility in the local community and participate in activities and services developed by the State office. He or she will track, evaluate and measure success of activities with the Eastern Shore Director to ensure progress towards CBF’s mission and goals and will helps determine changes to strategies needed to reach goals. Essential functions include: Work with Eastern Shore Director to develop strategies for organizing selected local communities and coordinating actions to ensure the effective implementation of the CBF’s TMDL plan. Develop and implement a variety of engagement strategies including on-line, face-to-face, and social networks to support CBF efforts. Engage people and develop volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the local level, including identifying and developing volunteers who will work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Help those leaders succeed by training and coaching them on how to strategize, organize, inspire, and motivate. Identify opportunities for speaking engagements, tabling events and displays to expand citizen knowledge of and engagement in the campaign goals. Help plan and coordinate events such as town hall meetings. Maintain and develop new partnerships with affinity groups who share common goals and values. Work with regional coalitions to develop mutually beneficial actions that further organizing plan goals. Work with State Communications Coordinators to develop media campaigns for local communities. Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Skills required for a successful candidate include the following: Strong outreach and public speaking skills Strong time management and close attention to detail Ability to work independently and creatively Experience with social media (Facebook, twitter, etc.) Strong writing skills, knowledge of MS Publisher software Ability to track results using MS Excel and MS Access Knowledge of GIS software helpful The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, political science, communications or a closely related field and a minimum of three years of experience that may include a variety of grassroots organizing, volunteer leadership and training, coalition building, and demonstrated insights and skills. The ideal candidate possesses strong commitment to environmental protection, and local knowledge of community concerns, local leaders, and partnering organizations. Experience with political campaigns and/or legislative or administrative lobbying is not mandatory but will be viewed as a plus. Successful candidates have demonstrated abilities using strong interpersonal skills to motivate the public, volunteers, members and partnering organizations to take action for the environment. The successful candidate must have strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills and demonstrated public speaking ability. A valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record and proof of auto insurance are required. Travel required. The ability to work from home may be required.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than February 22, 2012 to: Human Resources/ MDGRFS Chesapeake Bay Foundation 6 Herndon Avenue Annapolis, MD 21403 Cbf_employment@cbf.org
CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Become a sponsor of the Nanticoke Creekwatchers!
If you are a local business, organization or individual passionate about the Nanticoke River, consider making a sponsorship donation in support of our program!
Nanticoke Creekwatchers is a citizen-science volunteer water monitoring program that helps to assess the overall health and quality of the Nanticoke River so that we may better protect it. Our EPA-approved Creekwatchers program provides us with data for the Nanticoke River Report Card, an annual assessment that, in its first year of production, identified the Nanticoke River as the healthiest major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Since 2007, our program has recruited, trained, and transformed over 76 Delmarva citizens into dedicated and enthusiastic river advocates that monitor 38 designated sites throughout the entire watershed. Data from each season helps us to understand the present quality of the river, and over time allows us to identify potential trends that guide our conservation and restoration efforts. We invite you to share in our enthusiasm for the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke Watershed and help protect one of the most pristine rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. Your sponsorship will help sustain one of the Alliance’s first major milestone programs, an effort that has been extremely successful and serves as a model for many other watershed groups and volunteer programs. You can read all about the Nanticoke Creekwatchers by clicking here or by watching the video below.
Funds will go toward purchasing and maintaining:
- Volunteer Kits include dissolved oxygen meters , secchi disks (water clarity), refractometers (salinity), and other supporting materials at a total value of $1,000 per kit
- Production and distribution of the Nanticoke River Report Card
- Recognition gifts and value-added enrichment opportunities for volunteers, partners, and the community
Founded in 1992, the Alliance continues to bridge the gap between local and state government entities, watermen, farmers, tourism and transportation officials, cultural historians, local businesses, environmental advocacy groups, and concerned citizens in 2 states and 5 counties to come together and support our mission to conserve the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River watershed and protect its unique characteristics. As our organization has been growing and expanding in the past year, so has the capacity to take on new programs, projects, and partnerships. We are extremely excited and enthusiastic about making a difference in our community, but we have a critical need for sustained support of these efforts. Contact the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance to become a sponsor today!
The Groundwater Protection Branch (GPB) with DNREC’s Division of Water will be conducting a groundwater study in the Nanticoke River Watershed located in western Sussex County, Delaware.
The major objectives of this study are to determine: general groundwater quality in the watershed, the amount of nutrients that groundwater contributes to streams in the watershed and how land use and soil types influence groundwater quality. The results will be used to educate the public and develop recommendations to improve groundwater quality in the Nanticoke River Watershed. Approximately 80 to 90 unconfined domestic wells (“shallow” wells ≤ 100‘ deep) need to be sampled to meet study objectives. Water from the wells will be sampled for major cations, anions, and nutrients, including-but not limited to-sodium, iron, chloride, magnesium, potassium, nitrate, and phosphorous. In order to obtain the samples, the GPB is looking for volunteers who will allow us to sample their wells. There is no cost and analytical results from the water samples will be provided to the well owners. These test results have a value of approximately $200. Samples generally can be collected from an outside spigot, and sample collection generally takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Test results will be used in writing a scientific report and will not be used as a basis for regulating water quality. In addition, the names for well owners who volunteer for the study will be kept confidential.
If you live within the study area (see map below), have your own well, and would like to participate in the study by volunteering your well for sampling, please contact: Blair Venables or Amber Joseph at (302) 739-9945, or email either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address. If available, also please provide your property’s tax map parcel number and your well permit number. This information will be used to determine if your well meets the criteria for this study.
FOSTERING PARTNERSHIPS AND PROGRESS IN CONSERVING THE NATURAL, CULTURAL, AND RECREATIONAL RESOURCES OF THE NANTICOKE RIVER WATERSHED THROUGH DIALOGUE, COLLABORATIVE OUTREACH, AND EDUCATION.
Watch the short video below to hear what we are doing to protect “one of the last wild rivers!”
Thank you for your interest in the conservation work taking place along the Nanticoke River. Our river is special; it is one of the cleanest and healthiest rivers that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s emphasis on partnerships and collaboration has allowed us to bring together disparate organizations and interests and to find solutions to issues.
In June of 1992, Maryland and Delaware conservation organizations reached across state lines in a formal agreement to create the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. In 1995, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance decided to establish itself as a nonprofit organization and become a consortium, i.e. an organization of organizations. Almost forty organizations now belong to the NWA. Our partners are made up of foresters, industries, small business owners, government agencies, environmental groups, land trusts, realtors, academicians, fishermen, restoration groups, farmers, and citizen groups. Our staff has varied experiences and programmatic areas of expertise to help preserve the Nanticoke River. Our board features representatives of different organizations working together for a common goal.
We are all working together because the Nanticoke River is endowed with outstanding abundance and diversity of wildlife, undisturbed land, and rural characteristics. The Nanticoke is a wonderful river for recreation, education, nature study, and simple solitude. It has a rich history of Native Americans, tall ships, steamboats, slave running, piracy, and the Underground Railroad. There are properties within the watershed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the northernmost, natural stands of bald cypress trees on the Atlantic Coast are found within the Nanticoke watershed. The Nanticoke has the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in the northeastern United States. These characteristics must be preserved.
NWA’s Core Values:
- Conservation – The health of the Nanticoke River watershed is paramount.
- Collaboration – We embody partnership through action.
- Communication – We value diverse voices and viewpoints where all have a place at the table. We embrace constructive, open dialog as a means of problem-solving.
- Scientific integrity – We rely on sound science to assess the health of the watershed and share information with the community.
- Education – We are committed to sharing with others the importance of conserving the watershed.
NWA’s Advocacy Policy
NWA is a unique watershed organization that does not take sides. For the NWA to take a position and actively work for or against an issue, the following must be in order:
- The issue must impact the Nanticoke River Watershed or River “significantly,” which has been interpreted as more than one of its tributaries.
- The issue must receive 100% board approval. Any board member may veto an issue.