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2019 Nanticoke Creekwatchers Training and Season Kick-off

2018 Second Annual Thanksgiving Heron Walk/Run

The Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy Inc. is hosting their second iteration of the Thanksgiving Heron Walk/Run to benefit their organization and the Chapel Branch Trail, located in Seaford, DE. 


Proceeds from the funraiser will go to the maintenance of The Vince Morris Trail and Nanticoke Conservancy Initiative at Chapel Branch.


Registration begins at 8:00am; Race starts at 8:45am sharp! 


The first 10 registrants will receive a commemorative gift in honor of The Chapel Branch Trail. First come, first serve!

Every participant receives an official Chapel Branch Member Certificate.

Registration Fee: $20 (pre-register) $25 (Day of event)



Sign Up the day of or CLICK HERE to download the Pre-Registration form (due by November 1, 2018)












Nanticoke Watershed Alliance finalizes Strategic Plan

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) has taken feedback from partners and stakeholders to help the organization better serve the needs of the community as the organization moves into the future.


The Board of Directors and NWA staff worked together to identify long-term objectives and the steps it would take to achieve goals. The strategic plan was created to act as a road map that will help guide the organization’s focus on certain projects to ensure that they are meeting the needs of their “Partners in Conversation,” along with all other community members in the Nanticoke River Watershed.


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Click Here for a downloadable version of the Strategic Plan


We Need Your Help at Coastal Cleanup on September 15!

Join the Nanticoke Creekwatchers Team!


All available sites have been adopted. Thanks for your interest!

The NWA is seeking a couple of new Creekwatchers to join our team. We are looking for Creekwatchers to adopt a pair of sites on the Marshyhope Creek in/near Federalsburg and for Creekwatchers to adopt a site near Seaford and a site between Seaford and Georgetown. NWA provides equipment, training, and on-going support.

Please contact Beth Wasden to set up a training or for more information.

Rommel’s Hosting “Social Paddles” from August-October!

Looking to get out on the the water during the late summer and early autumn? Rommel Hearth and Outdoor will be hosting a series of “social paddles” on local waterways. Several paddles will be held on the Nanticoke and its tributaries, including Broad Creek and Barren Creek, and some paddles will include demonstrations or special topics. See the flyer for the full schedule. Note that you must provide your own kayak, paddle, whistle, and PFD and you should RSVP through the Rommel Hearth and Outdoor FB page or at the store.

Designer Ditch Workshops

Thanks for your interest in our Designer Ditch Workshops, which we held in August 2018.

Click Here to learn more about Designer Ditches! 




Ten Year Nanticoke River Report Card Now Available

On Saturday, June 9, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released the Ten Year Nanticoke River Report Card  at the 2018 Nanticoke Wade In. The print version of the report card is now available at the NWA office, or you can download a PDF version of the Ten Year Report Card today!

2018 Wade In Schedule

Please see the final Wade In schedule below.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member Sought

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is a potential host site for the 2018-2019 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service term. Please see the position announcement below or download the NWA CCC Position Announcement 2018-19.

Position Announcement:

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member to Serve with Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) is one of many potential Host sites for the 2018-19 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on environmental, leadership, and professional training opportunities for young adults through on-the-ground work with their host sites managing projects and programs, attending trainings and conferences, and other opportunities like grant writing. This initiative is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, BGE an Exelon Company, the National Park Service, and the state of Maryland and places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field for a one-year term of service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($18,000 annual stipend).

The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers.  Corps members work full-time on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment as well as provide young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

If successfully matched with NWA, the Corps Member will have opportunity to play an integral role in the organization and to enjoy a diversity of experiences. The Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA staff to help administer the various programs of the organization. Projects include a variety of efforts targeted at watershed restoration, environmental education, public outreach, and water quality monitoring. Duties include:

  • Assisting with the implementation of a student and teacher environmental education program, including teacher workshops, in-classroom presentations, field days, outdoor learning experiences, and action projects.
  • Working with Nanticoke Creekwatchers, an award-winning citizen science volunteer program that monitors water quality in order to identify potential restoration projects, to observe water quality trends, and to engage watershed residents.
  • Assisting with access and education related to the Nanticoke River Water trail, a portion of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail.
  • Assisting with the facilitation of homeowner educational workshops, focused on informing and empowering residents to improve water quality and wildlife habitat locally.
  • Working with watershed communities to implement watershed restoration projects identified by county/state Green Infrastructure maps and the Nanticoke Watershed Management Plan, including “designer ditches” and rain barrels.
  • Assisting with the implementation of public outreach efforts.
  • Assisting with continued maintenance of and outreach on the Tom Tyler Nature Trail, which highlights beneficial forestry management and more.
  • Developing public outreach and education materials, working with volunteers, and attending events aimed at environmental stewardship and the importance of the Nanticoke River.
  • Coordinating a volunteer trash clean up event through Project Clean Stream and assisting at additional trash clean ups in the area, including Coastal Cleanup.

In addition, low-cost housing may be available for the successful Corps candidate placed with NWA.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 35-40 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Chesapeake Bay region for a paid year of service ($18,000) beginning on August 21, 2018.  To find the application or view a list of potential Host Organizations go to

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Drennan, or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.