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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!


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

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.

NWA Seeks Education Coordinator

This job closed on April 15, 2018. Thanks for your interest in NWA.

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance seeks an Education Coordinator to join our team. Please see the linked file for the job description, which follows, and please share with any potentially interested candidates.




Education Coordinator

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

Annual Salary:  $26,500

Benefits:  In addition to salary, $3,975 will be provided for health care and retirement. Employees have flexible work schedules (full-time, 35 hours/week) and may work remotely one day a week.


The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is in search of a smart, creative, self-driven individual to help our organization grow. Upcoming projects consist of environmental education presentations, field trips, and action projects with students. The successful candidate will also be responsible for promoting stormwater pollution reduction programs and assisting in homeowner conservation landscaping projects like rain gardens and designer ditches. The position will also assist with our award-winning volunteer water quality monitoring program as well as special events and a wide variety of other projects as needed.


  • Four-year degree in the environmental field or a relevant subject
  • Must be very detail-oriented
  • Able to work in a team or independently
  • Enjoy developing creative outreach programs
  • Experience in environmental education
  • Familiarity with rain gardens and other nature-based landscaping is a plus
  • Ability to work some evening and weekends for special events.


Be a part of a small nonprofit organization getting ready to sprout and grow!  The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance works in Maryland and Delaware in partnership with industries, small business owners, government agencies, environmental groups, land trusts, realtors, academicians, fishermen, restoration groups, farmers, and citizen groups to keep the Nanticoke River on the healthiest rivers entering the Chesapeake Bay. Visit for more information.

To apply please submit your resume and a self-made flier/advertisement for yourself by April 15 to Executive Director Lisa Wool at

Fostering partnership and progress in conserving the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River Watershed through dialogue, collaborative outreach, and education.

The NWA’s Getting Seedy!

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and Spade and Trowel Garden Club invite you to get seedy with us! We’re looking for vegetable, herb, and flower seeds (no invasive plants, please). We’ll be gathering seeds throughout the winter and spring and will distribute all seeds at the 2018 Nanticoke Wade In, which will be held on June 9. You can drop off seeds at any of the events listed on the flyer below or can make arrangements with Seed Exchange Coordinator Mary Lynn.