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Wilmington artist Laura Olds Schmidt's painted rain barrel
Event-goers will have a chance to win a painted
rain barrel by Wilmington artist Laura Olds
Schmidt to be raffled off by the Reclaim Our
River - Nanticoke Series partnership Sept. 20.
Contact: Phil Miller, Division of Watershed Stewardship; 302-672-1149; email:  

DNREC hosts Reclaim Our River -
Nanticoke Series event with
guided nature walk and celebration
Saturday, Sept. 20 in Seaford

SEAFORD (Sept. 18, 2014) – With beautiful pre-fall weather expected for a guided nature walk through it, Chapel Branch Nature Area in Sussex County will be the setting Saturday, Sept. 20, for the final 2014 event in the Reclaim Our River (ROR) - Nanticoke Series, a program offering monthly events, workshops and recreational activities all aimed at raising water quality awareness in the Nanticoke Watershed.  

DNREC – along with partners the Delaware Nature Society, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Town of Blades, and the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy – invites everyone to join in the day’s fun family outdoor activities, which includes a nature walk, and the ROR partnership’s celebration of Delaware's efforts to improve water quality. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chapel Branch Nature Area located at 492 Woodland Road Seaford, DE 19973. More information can be found under “Events” at

For $5 registration (plus a small credit card fee), participants can enjoy music, food, juice and drinks, including refreshments from the event-sponsoring Dogfish Head Brewery; informational exhibits by the ROR partnership, and the nature walk, during which guides will discuss native and invasive plant species. Participants will also be lending a hand to the nature area by picking up trash during the walk. There will also be an opportunity for learning how to test water quality with the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance's Creekwatchers. Registration for the nature walk and Reclaim Our River celebration is at

Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations on how to construct a rain barrel – and participants can bring their own plastic drum, barrel, or curbside trashcan to have it converted into a rain barrel with a free kit provided by DNREC. The event also will educate residents on techniques used to improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution entering Delaware’s waterways. There will also be raffles where those who enter could win a uniquely painted rain barrel or original sculpture both created by Delaware artists.

With the recent signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement, Delaware, along with the District of Columbia and the other five states that fall in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are all taking action to help raise water quality awareness. The Reclaim Our River - Nanticoke Series was created to enhance that awareness, by bringing monthly events, workshops and recreational activities to the Nanticoke Watershed. The 2014 series offers participants fun opportunities to connect with their waterways and provides important information on water quality to help protect aquatic resources.

Vol. 44, No. 307

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