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Thanks for your interest in the 2020 Nanticoke River Report Card! If you missed our launch event, catch up by viewing our release video on our YouTube Channel. You can now view or download the PDF at our website.
Thanks to our 2020 Nanticoke Creekwatchers, as well as the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative for their support!
Thanks for your interest in our Residential Plantings for People and Pollinators program! Small Spaces and Big Places were held on April 10 and April 17, respectively. The workshops will be available on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW3i2aDhfWjGD2gDBCfnz8A/ in the coming weeks, so subscribe to our channel or follow us on social media for notification.
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.
We held our 2021 training on March 20. Please see our Creekwatchers page for any current needs or to learn more about the program.
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.
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.
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.
The 2020 Nanticoke River Grass Watchers season is now over! Stay tuned for more info about future training opportunities. If you are curious about the program, you can continue to view the “Getting SAV-vy with Nanticoke River Grasses” presentation on our YouTube channel at any time.