Outreach and Education
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s (NWA) outreach programs educate and empower watershed residents to improve local water quality. Through outreach, the NWA discusses water quality issues and long-term trends in water quality demonstrated through Nanticoke Creekwatchers data. The NWA reaches over 100 residents annually through workshops and an additional 1,000 residents through community presentations and events. The NWA provides outreach through the following means:
– Hosting Homeowner Workshops in watershed towns that focus on backyard conservation actions, such as rain barrels/rain gardens, soil testing/appropriate fertilizer use, home-based water conservation and water quality improvements, living shorelines, and other topics.
– Partnering with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Nature Society, and other organizations in the Reclaim Our River (ROR) series, which focuses on water quality improvement and increased recreational use of the river in the Delaware portion of the watershed.
– Targeting specific behavior or action through specific campaigns, such as the Living Shorelines campaign that is funded through the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
– Attending community festivals, fairs, and events and directly engaging watershed residents through conversation.
– Presenting water quality data and issue information to community organizations and groups.
The NWA’s outreach “season” roughly runs from February through October of each year. Please visit the Outreach page for more information about this year’s workshop opportunities, ROR happenings, and community engagement events or to schedule a presentation with your community group.