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New Rain Barrel Brochure!

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Head over to our new webpage about Rain Barrels to see the brochure and learn how you can install your own, or just read the brochure below! 

www.NanticokeRiver.org/Restoration/RainBarrels
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Download the Brochure Here
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Coastal Cleanup 2019 in Seaford

We held Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 21 in Seaford. Thirty-eight volunteers removed 211 pounds of trash, preventing these items from polluting Williams Pond and the Nanticoke River. Thanks to 4-H and Seaford High School Key Club for lending a hand, and to the City of Seaford for providing lunch and Soroptimist Park pavilion.

Want to help at a future clean up or other event? Join our mailing list to keep informed about our programs and events.

Cambridge Rain Garden Tour – October 23

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– Do you have issues with standing water on your property?

– Are there areas of your yard that are washing out?

– Do you want to learn how to be environmentally-friendly?

 

On Wednesday, October 23 at 5 pm, join the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and our partners as we tour Cambridge on foot to show you all the river-friendly projects we are helping residents install on their property. Learn about all the projects we are doing around town and why the city is working hard to promote new stormwater management projects like these.

 

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Join the community of residents that are interested in making Cambridge a more healthy and vibrant river town! 

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We hope to see you there! 

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State of the Nanticoke conference

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Did you miss the conference?

 

Click Here to see the schedule and download the presentations that were given.

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Leave a Comment about the conference if you haven’t already!

 

Watch Videos from the Conference on YouTube:

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2018 Nanticoke River Report Card

On June 20, 2019, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released the 2018 Nanticoke River Report Card. The 2018 season proved challenging, with very heavy rainfall throughout the Nanticoke River watershed. Overall, the River (Upper Nanticoke and Lower Nanticoke regions) dropped to a C+, while the Creeks (Delaware Headwaters, Broad Creek, Marshyhope Creek, and Lower Creeks) held steady with a B-. Fishing Bay also scored a D+, same as in 2017.

Thanks to our 2018 program partners: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Envirocorp Labs Inc., Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative, Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Integration and Application Network. We’d also like to give a SUPER thanks to our Nanticoke Creekwatchers and private landowners who allow us to sample from their docks.

Read more about the season and what you can do to help improve the health of our river and creeks in the 2018 Nanticoke River Report Card. If you have questions or would like to become a Nanticoke Creekwatcher, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden.

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June 20 Nanticoke Wade In and Nanticoke River Report Card Release

Thanks for your interest in the Wade In, which we held on June 20. The 2018 Nanticoke River Report Card is now available at our website.

Student Art Contest

2019 Grand Prize Winners!

Dylan Maine – Elementary School

Minaal Kwaja – Middle School

Dassi Shortridge-Pitzer – High School

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Other 2019 Winners:

Elementary School:

2nd Place – Tanner Lowe & Lorenzo Gagliardi
Third Place – Ele Kislal, Zander Kennedy, & Andrew Hitchens
People’s Choice – Dylan Maine

Middle School:

2nd Place – Aerianna Edwards
Third Place – Lizzy Anders
People’s Choice – Aerianna Edwards

High School:

2nd Place – Garrett Pescor
Third Place – Noelle Kim
People’s Choice – Shannon McShane

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The 2019 competition has ended. Thank you to all who participated.

Follow us on Facebook to get info about the 2020 “Water You Doing” Art Contest!






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DEADLINE: August 12, 2019

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What are you doing in the Nanticoke River or the Chesapeake Bay Watershed?

Create an original work of art that shows how you use or impact the streams and rivers and your artwork could become street art near a storm drain in the Nanticoke River watershed!
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Official Drawing Space and Entry Form

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Official Contest Rules

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How To Enter:

  1. Download the Official Drawing Space and Entry Form
  2. Using the Official Drawing Space create an original piece of art that highlights pollution, water conservation, recreation or wildlife.
  3. Fill out the Official Entry Form on the back and mail your artwork to:
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance
PO Box 111
Vienna, MD 21869

 

 

Don’t forget to vote on our Facebook for the “People’s Choice” winner!

 

Photo of all of our prizes!

 

DEADLINE: August 12, 2019

 

 

Prizes: 

Don’t miss out on these awesome prizes! Start your artwork today!

 

First Place: Your artwork turned into street art and a season pass to all Delaware state parks

Second Place: Season Pass to all Delaware State Parks and a premium art kit 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention: Premium art kit

 

People’s Choice: DIY Cardboard Pinball Machine

 

 

 

*Prizes will be awarded by age group
**Art kits will be age and skill-level appropriate

 

Age Groups:

Elementary (K-5)

Secondary (6-8)

Advanced (9-12)

 

Please see the Official Rules for more information on judging. Artwork should answer the question: ‘Water’ the ways that you use and impact the Nanticoke River and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed? Think about pollution, water conservation, wildlife, and even recreation!

EcoPaddle on Broad Creek on June 22

Registration is now closed for the EcoPaddle.

Now Recruiting for 2019-20 Full Time AmeriCorps Member!

Position Description for Full-Time* AmeriCorps Member at the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

2019-2020

 

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) works primarily in Sussex County, DE, and in Dorchester and Wicomico Counties in Maryland to conserve the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River watershed. Major programs at NWA are the Nanticoke Creekwatchers Volunteer Water Monitoring Program; environmental education (primarily working with seventh graders in Wicomico County); SAV monitoring on local waterways; outreach programs that focus on backyard conservation activities geared toward homeowners; recreational paddles and use of waterways; and trash clean-ups.

*NWA is willing to consider someone who wants to serve at the half-time level (900 hours).

AmeriCorps Member responsibilities with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will include:

  • Assisting with the Nanticoke Creekwatchers program (training volunteers, monitoring sites, assisting with sample collection and lab delivery and analysis)
  • Leading programs on field trips and assisting with stewardship activities at Wicomico County middle schools
  • Assisting with outreach programs, trash cleanups, and at outreach events in the community

Benefits available to AmeriCorps Member include:

  • Valuable experience
  • A bi-weekly stipend of $583
  • An education award of $6,095 for future educational expenses or repayment of student loans
  • Federal student loan forbearance while in service, with exemption from paying interest accrued during that time
  • 6 tuition-free credits at Salisbury University for completion of training course
  • Health insurance and child care reimbursement, if eligible
  • Access to AmeriCorps Alumni Network

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • Have a strong interest in serving the community
  • Be able to relate to diverse populations
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Able to provide copy of either high school diploma, GED, or college transcript
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be available to attend the tuition-free, AmeriCorps class at Salisbury University bi-weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive Criminal History Check, which includes FBI fingerprinting
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien

 The member will begin on or after August 15th, 2019 and must complete 1700 hours by August 14th, 2020.

*NWA is willing to consider someone who wants to serve at the half-time level (900 hours).

This position is offered through a partnership with ShoreCorps, the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University. It is contingent upon federal funding and approval of the AmeriCorps office.

To fill out an application, visit www.salisbury.edu/americorps and click on ‘Become a Member.’

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs. Similar to the Military or the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps is another form of service to our country. The mission of AmeriCorps is to make our people safer, stronger and healthier; to strengthen our communities; and to Get Things Done for America. Our program, ShoreCorps, is one of hundreds of AmeriCorps programs nationwide. To learn more about AmeriCorps https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

Salisbury University has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and equal employment and educational opportunities for its faculty, staff and students. To that end, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. The University adheres to the EEO/AA policies set forth by federal and Maryland laws. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to: Humberto Aristizabal, Associate Vice President of Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator, Room 100 Holloway Hall, 1101 Camden Ave. Salisbury, MD 21801; Tel. 410-543-6426.

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