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Join the Nanticoke Creekwatchers Team!

UPDATE:

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.

Chapel Branch Nature Day on October 3

ROR CB Flyer

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), along with the Delaware Nature Society (DNS), Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Town of Blades, and the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy, invite residents to come to Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford Delaware where the ROR partnership will be celebrating Delaware’s efforts throughout the series and providing fun outdoor activities for the whole family.

For a $5 registration fee (plus $1.12 credit card fee), participants can enjoy food, drinks, and informational exhibits by the ROR partnership, as well as a nature walk where guides will be discussing native wildlife. There will be hands-on activities exploring the creek critters of Chapel Branch with DNS as well as demonstrations on how to test water quality with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Creekwatchers.

Local Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be lending a hand to the nature area by working on trail maintenance to reduce erosion into the creek. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the beautiful nature area. Some tools will be available although volunteers are encouraged to bring additional items such as clippers, shovels, saws, and wheelbarrows which may be in short supply. Building trail steps to reduce erosion will be the focus of this service project.

This event is sponsored by Del-Coast Design & Build and Dogfish Head Brewery. Raffle items provided by sponsors include a $500 value trash and recycling storage shed from Del-Coast Design & Build as well as hats, t-shirts and other items from Dogfish Head Brewery. The Chapel Branch Nature Day will educate residents on techniques used to improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution entering Delaware’s waterways.

The event will take place on October 3, from 9AM – 1PM at Chapel Branch Nature Area located at 492 Woodland Road, Seaford, DE 19973. More information can be found at this address: http://delawarewatersheds.org/

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance Seeks Volunteer Creekwatchers for Year Eight

Galen BrosiusThe Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is now recruiting volunteer Nanticoke Creekwatchers for the 2015 monitoring season. This will be the eighth season of the bi-state, award-winning citizen water monitoring program. Since the program’s inception, over 90 citizen scientists have participated, acting as the eyes and ears of the river and its connected waterways.

Every other week from late March through early November, Nanticoke Creekwatchers visit their adopted sites, make observations about the sites and weather conditions, take measurements, and obtain three water samples that are processed by Envirocorp Labs Inc. (nutrients and bacteria) and Horn Point Lab (chlorophyll a). The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) provides training, equipment, and on-going support for volunteers.

Envirocorp is a key program partner and provides $70,000 in free laSusan Goodb analyses each year. Other 2015 program partners include the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science’s Integration and Application Network, Town Creek Foundation, Salisbury University’s Bacterial Source Tracking Lab, Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, and Rommel Outdoors.

“Nanticoke Creekwatchers provide a critical service to the community by collecting water quality data and helping us build a long-term dataset,” said Beth Wasden, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. “This data allows us to observe trends and helps us target areas and issues of concern, such as high bacteria counts.” The NWA and Salisbury University’s Bacterial Source Tracking Lab will be conducting a limited tracking project during summer 2015 to help determine the cause of these OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhigh counts at three sites along the mainstem of the river

Beyond providing local residents and visitors with information about water quality through in-season data maps and annual report cards, the volunteer-driven program also helps guide the NWA’s greater efforts in the watershed. The 2014 Nanticoke River Report Card will be released in July 2015 and will examine dissolved oxygen, water clarity, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, and bacteria data from the 2014 season.

The 2015 season will officially begin with the Annual Training and Season Kickoff on Saturday, March 21, which will be held at the Trap Pond State Park Baldcypress Nature Center in Laurel, DE. Creekwatchers must attend this training or an alternate training session, which will be determined according to demand. Training will give insight intoColden and Debbie Fees the Creekwatchers program and its history and water quality issues and indicators. In addition, the March 21 session will cover the program’s water quality monitoring protocol and will offer an opportunity for volunteers to role-play a typical Creekwatchers experience and to use equipment on the water.

In preparation for the 2015 season, the program specifically seeks volunteers to cover sites in the Seaford area, on the lower Marshyhope Creek near Sharptown, and the upper Marshyhope Creek near Federalsburg. However, the NWA invites anyone interested in volunteering as a Nanticoke Creekwatcher to contact Ms. Wasden in order to obtain more information about the program and to register for training. Ms. Wasden may be contacted at bethwasden@nanticokeriver.org or at 443.944.1175.