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July 15 Backyard Conservation Workshop in Salisbury!

Please note that this workshop is now full. Join our mailing list to be notified of future opportunities.

NWA Now Recruiting for a 2017-2018 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now recruiting a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer for the 2017-2018 service term. Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers serve as integral members of staff and assist with a wide range of programs, including the award-winning Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program, environmental education, and outreach.

The purpose of the Corps Program is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others. Corps Members help manage programs and projects in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment. This program provides young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

With a staff of three, there will be ample opportunity for the Corps Volunteer to be an integral member of a dedicated team. The Corps Volunteer will work directly with NWA partner organizations and gain professional contacts through various networking opportunities. The Corps Volunteer will learn the inner workings of a small non-profit conservation organization and will be given the opportunity to take ownership of their work as well as understand how it fits into the overall conservation efforts of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance.

To Apply:    The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.  To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102. Chesapeake Bay Trust will also provide admission into the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, a Bay-wide conference with ample learning and networking opportunities. Corps Volunteer will receive grant writing experience and plan, implement, and manage a project of their own through a mini-grant offered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

For more information about the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance or to submit your resume in advance, contact Beth Wasden at bethwasden@nanticokeriver.org or at 443.944.1175. Please see the CCC Position Announcement 2017-18 for more information about the position.

Nanticoke River Report Card Media Reports

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance would like to thank all of the media who attended and covered our Wade In and 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card Launch. You can view the following videos and reports to learn more about how the day went. We will continue to update this page.

Laurel Star

WBOC (video)

WMDT (video/text)

WSDL (text)

2015 Nanticoke River Report Card Now Available!

2015 Nanticoke River Report Card for Web_Page_1On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released the 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card, which examines the health of the river and its tributaries during the 2015 calendar year. The report card uses data from the NWA’s Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program, along with data from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s Volunteer Monitoring Program and Chesapeake Bay Program data.

In addition to examining trends for the five major indicators (dissolved oxygen, water clarity, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a), the 2015 Nanticoke River Report Card also reveals results from the Summer 2015 Bacterial Source Tracking project.

The report card also provides information on how we can all improve local water quality and how to get involved with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance or the Nanticoke Creekwatchers program.

Hard copies of the report card are available in the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Vienna office and at upcoming outreach events, including the Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival, the Woodland Ferry Festival, and the Nanticoke Jamboree.

NWA Office Closed from July 4-July 8

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance office will be closed during the week of July 4-July 8. We will reopen on Monday, July 11. We wish all of our friends a happy and safe Independence Day!

2016 Nanticoke Wade In

Nanticoke Musselwatchers Program Now Open for Registration!

NWA Seeks a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

Our four previous Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers

Our four previous Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is one of many potential Host sites for the 2016-17 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on environmental, leadership and green job training opportunities for young adults through environmental, community engagement and energy conservation projects. This initiative, supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland, places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($16,000 annual stipend).

The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others. Corps members will work fulltime on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will 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 the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, 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. Please view the CCC Position Announcement 2016-17 for full details about the expectations and responsibilities of the position. Please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden (or 443.944.1175) with any questions about this program or to directly submit your resume.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($16,000) beginning on August 23, 2016. To find the application or view a list of potential Host Organizations go to http://www.cbtrust.org/chesapeakeconservationcorps.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Program Specialist Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.

Nanticoke Creekwatchers Program Seeking Volunteers for 2016!

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now seeking volunteers to participate in the 2016 Nanticoke Creekwatchers Program. We are in particular need of volunteers in the Tyaskin/Bivalve/Nanticoke area who can cover two sites on the river and two on Wetipquin Creek. Prospective Creekwatchers must commit to monitoring at least one assigned site every other Sunday or Monday from late March through early November. Volunteers should be prepared to sample at least 14 out of 17 sampling periods. No prior experience in water monitoring is required, but volunteers should be enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Please see the Nanticoke Creekwatchers page for a Creekwatchers Position Description and more information about the program, or contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden via email or by phone at 443.944.1175.

Holiday Office Closures

The NWA office will be closed from Tuesday, December 22 until Monday, January 4. We would like to wish all of our friends a happy and bright holiday season!