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2019 Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Workshop – Cambridge

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

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Thanks for supporting the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance!

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member Needed for 2019-2020 Season

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is one of many potential Host sites for the 2019-20 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. In the Chesapeake Conservation Corps young professionals can gain vital green jobs skills and build a network of connections in the environmental field. This one-year term of paid service places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofits or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field in the Chesapeake watershed. Throughout the year the Corps provides hands-on professional and leadership experience through on-the-ground work leading and assisting with projects and programs, extensive trainings, and other service-learning opportunities including grant writing. This initiative is supported by the Trust, BGE an Exelon Company, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland.

The purpose of the Corps Program is 1) to enable young adults to work with organizations and communities on issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to better prepare young adults pursuing careers in the environmental field.  Corps Members will work on projects and programs that fall into at least one of six categories (environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture or forestry), gain career and leadership skills, and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

If successfully matched with Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the Corps Member will:

  • Assist with an award-winning, Tier 3 volunteer water quality monitoring program,
  • Help teach seventh graders in classrooms, at field trips, and with stewardship activities,
  • Work with the Cambridge Residential Stewardship Initiative (CRSI) to install rain gardens and other conservation practices,
  • Assist with a new river grass volunteer survey program, seed collection, and seed dispersal or grow-out,
  • Help educate and empower communities about conservation actions,
  • Coordinate trash clean-ups and other activities,
  • Explore recreational opportunities on the river and its creeks, including drafting new paddling itineraries for the Paddle the Nanticoke website, and
  • Learn about small nonprofits and become an integral member of the team.

Low-cost housing may be available for the successful applicant.

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 ($18,500) beginning on August 20, 2019.  To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by March 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a part of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Drennan, tdrennan@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102

 

2019 Nanticoke Creekwatchers Training and Season Kick-off

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!

UPDATE:

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.

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 https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

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, tdrennan@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.