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Note: This letter has been printed by the Delaware News Journal and Delmarva Now.
As 2011 comes to an end, so does another season of the Nanticoke Creekwatchers, a group of dedicated volunteers who monitor water quality all along the Nanticoke River. Every other week from April through November, 23 Creekwatchers have visited the same sites, over and over, again and again. Often in pairs and in quiet morning hours, they have trekked to boat ramps, parks, bridges, and docks. Instead of believing that monitoring the river is someone else’s job or problem, they’ve lead the way, getting their hands (and occasionally feet) wet while acquiring crucial data about our local waterways.
As the volunteer and outreach coordinator at the Alliance, I want to thank each and every one of our 2011 Creekwatchers for their hard work, dedication, and passion for the Nanticoke River, the Marshyhope Creek, Broad Creek, Fishing Bay, and all of the small creeks in the lower reaches of the watershed. The time and energy that our Creekwatchers give means that everyone—watershed residents and visitors alike—can learn more about the health of our beautiful river.
Though not without its challenges, the Nanticoke continues to be the healthiest of the major rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. The Creekwatchers play a critical role in protecting this national treasure and sustaining the local economy, nature and culture of our region.Without the Creekwatchers, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s mission would be diminished; we could not produce an annual river report card or accumulate long-term data about the river. We could not share as much with our community. Without them, we would be lesser.
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance