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Summer 2020 Newsletter

Read our Summer 2020 Newsletter to see what the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance has been up to this summer!

Tour a Bioreactor

Tour Date:

July 23,

2020 | ANYTIME 11a-2p

Rain Date: July 24


 

Approximately 45% of the land that drains to the Nanticoke River is in agricultural production. For years, farmers have reduced runoff using vegetative buffers and cover crops.

Bioreactors are another great way to reduce harmful runoff.

 

Benefits of a Bioreactor:

– A proven technology

– Require little maintenance

– Use very little farmable land

– Last up to 20 years

– Can improve drainage effectiveness

– Funding is available for design & installation

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Bioreactors remove nitrates from farm runoff to send cleaner water downstream. A bioreactor is basically a Mac-truck-sized pit filled with wood chips. These wood chips hold healthy bacteria that can reduce nitrate levels for up to ten years! Joe Layton, a local family farmer.

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A wood chip bioreactor is basically a hole in the ground 20’ wide by 100’ long by 5’ deep, filled with wood chips.  The site is usually selected on the low edge of the farm field where the rainwater drains from the field into a ditch that feeds into a local waterway. Water from the farm is diverted into the bioreactor where a natural organic process takes place, removing 90% of the nitrates.  The rainwater with the nitrates, filters through the carbon from the wood chips in this low oxygen environment, causing a reaction with bacteria that make the nitrates come out of the water and turn into harmless nitrogen gas.  The air we typically breathe is 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen.

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Joe Layton, NWA board member and farmer, grows poultry feed on a 120-acre property in Dorchester County near Route 50. The NWA is partnering with additional organizations like Ridge to Reefs to install a bioreactor on Joe’s farm to remove excess nutrients that would normally run off into the local waterways. Stay tuned; in August farmers and interested folks will be invited to see the bioreactor under construction and learn more!

 

 

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Learn More about bioreactors on Ridge To Reef‘s website. You can watch a video here that explains how bioreactors filter water and handle high flows during storms.

We look forward to working with more farmers to implement on the ground projects that keep our waterways clean and our farming community profitable.

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“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Native Tree Sale

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Thank you for your interest in planting native trees on your property! Please fill out the form below or learn more by downloading our info packet.

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Trees are younger and about 2-3 feet in height, though some species will be smaller.

Young trees may take longer to reach a height you consider “full-grown,” however, trees planted at a young age develop a better root system than trees replanted when they are older. This gives the younger trees a better chance of survival.

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Click the image below to see our list of $10 native trees

Links to all the individual files in the packet can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

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Due to restrictions on our funding, the $10 price and free delivery are only available to Delaware residents within the Nanticoke River Watershed (some MD residents within the watershed my qualify too). The watershed covers most of western Sussex County and small areas of Kent County south and west of Harrington. Click here to check your watershed address.
Downloads:
Official Flier   |   Native Tree Facts
Maintenance Agreement   |   Safety Guidelines
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Build a 3D tree with our Native Tree Building Kit

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Quarantined at home with kids and in need of a project?

Learn about native trees, the organisms they support, and how they can help keep the Nanticoke healthy.

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEW 3D NATIVE TREE PROJECT KIT!

Cut, fold, and glue together your very own 3D Tree!

** YOU MUST PRINT DOUBLE-SIDED AND HAVE “FLIP ON SHORT EDGE” CHECKED. If you do not do this, the brochure will not function as intended. “Flip On Short Edge” is NOT the default option when you select double-sided printing, so be sure to turn it on before you click print. Our new brochure was originally designed to be printed on much larger paper (15.5 x 8.5). Try printing on Legal Size paper for a larger image. We suggest using an X-acto knife to cut the fine details but make sure to offer help to younger participants. **
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Spring 2020 Nanticoke Currents Now Available!

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The Spring Edition of our newsletter Nanticoke Currents is now available.  

Check it out here!

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Donate an Auction Item

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Donate an Auction Item to the 2020 Toast the Nanticoke Silent Auction!

 


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Thank you so much for your support!

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2020 Toast Sponsorship Form

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Thank you for sponsoring the 2020 Toast the Nanticoke. You’re helping to maintain one of the healthiest rivers that flows into the Chesapeake Bay!

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Your support is vital in such a rural area as the Nanticoke.

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Nanticoke River 5k Run & Walk

The Nanticoke River 5k Run/Walk has been postponed.

A new date has not yet been determined.


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The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is hosting the Nanticoke River 5k Run & Walk (AKA Vineyard Dash) at Layton’s Chance Winery on Saturday, April 18th.

The 5k takes place during Layton’s Chance “View of the Vineyard” event. There will be environmental vendors, hayrides, and tours. The 5k course will take participants through the scenic vineyards of the winery. Runners 21 and older will get a ticket for a complimentary glass of wine or tasting to enjoy after the race.

You can register for the 5k online prior to the event or you can register at the event the morning of. Registration for the race will begin at 8AM that morning and the race will begin at 10AM.

There is ample parking at the venue, so bring your family and friends to cheer you on! After the race, stay and enjoy the festivities. Your participation in this event helps support conservation efforts along the Nanticoke River!

2020 Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Workshop – Cambridge

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Don’t miss your chance to get a FREE rain barrel! 

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

Thanks for supporting the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance!

2019 Fall Newsletter – OUT NOW!

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We just published the 2019 Fall iteration of the Nanticoke Currents.

Click Here to see all of our previous newsletters, including the most recent one.

Sign up for our newsletter mailing list here.
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