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Sign-up for our Pots for Pollinators Event!

Our 2021 Pots for Pollinators workshops have ended. If you are interested in attending the next event, please sign-up here and we will notify you before our next Pots for Pollinators event!

2021 Spring Newsletter

Read our Spring 2021 newsletter here!

Economics and the Environment in the Nanticoke Webinar

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.

Presentations include:

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.


Fall 2020 Newsletter

Read our Fall 2020 newsletter here!

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


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.


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!





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


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.


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.

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.


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.
Official Flier   |   Native Tree Facts
Maintenance Agreement   |   Safety Guidelines

Build a 3D tree with our Native Tree Building Kit


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.



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!


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

Check it out here!



Donate an Auction Item


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



Thank you so much for your support!