Attention Private landowners in Sussex County!

Sussex landowners are invited to visit the exhibit – Restoration Opportunities for the Nanticoke Watershed – during Delaware Ag Week Jan. 18 – 20

Private landowners in Sussex County are encouraged to visit the Nanticoke Watershed Restoration Group exhibit – Restoration Opportunities for the Nanticoke Watershed – from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. during Delaware Ag Week, Jan. 18 – 20. The exhibit will be located in the Dover Building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

The exhibit will feature information on available financial incentives of up to 100 percent of the costs of efforts that restore or enhance wildlife habitat and water quality on private lands in the Nanticoke Watershed and rental payment assistance for lands enrolled in certain conservation programs. Representatives from the Nanticoke Watershed Restoration Group, including DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and Ducks Unlimited, will staff the exhibit and provide information and answers on projects that will benefit private lands and our quality of life.

Approximately 92 percent of lands in the Nanticoke Watershed are privately owned. Wildlife, depend on private land for their habitat. In addition, privately owned natural lands provide water quality benefits downstream by filtering nutrients and sediments from surface and ground water.

Funding for landowners to undertake conservation efforts was obtained from EPA grants and other federal sources.

This initiative is one of several non-regulatory mechanisms for improving the health of the Nanticoke River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is part of Delaware’s comprehensive Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan to achieve clean water goals while maintaining our state’s economic vitality.

The Nanticoke Watershed Restoration Group is eager to provide on-the-ground technical assistance and seed money for landowners. For more information, contact Andy Howard, DNREC environmental scientist at 302-739-9930 or