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Contact: Phil Miller, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship; 302-672-1149  

DNREC-sponsored Reclaim Our River Nanticoke Series
offers guided Eco Paddle and BBQ June 27 in Laurel

LAUREL (June 5, 2015) – The Phillips Landing Recreation Area will be the setting Saturday, June 27 for the second annual Eco Paddle canoe and kayak exploration and education float trip on the Nanticoke River. Eco Paddle is part of the Reclaim Our River - Nanticoke Series, a program sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and a host of environmental partners, which offers monthly events, workshops and recreational activities aimed at raising water quality awareness in the Nanticoke Watershed.

DNREC and its partners – which include the National Parks Conservation Association, Delaware Nature Society, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Nanticoke River Sail and Power Squadron, Rommel Outdoors, and Sussex Birders – invite experienced paddlers and first-timers alike to bring the family to Eco Paddle and learn about wildlife, water quality and the river’s history while floating the Nanticoke River Water Trail. After the Eco Paddle, there will be a barbecue along with water quality awareness exhibits for viewing from the Reclaim Our River partnership.

The event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. carries a $5 registration fee (plus $1.12 credit card fee) that covers canoe or kayak rental, food and beverages. While participants are encouraged to bring their own canoes and kayaks for the Eco Paddle float trip, equipment can be provided (by registering here) until the limited number of canoes and kayaks available for rental are taken. All donations collected in advance of the event will help cover the costs of food and equipment.

Participants are reminded that the ground and water rules for Eco Paddle are best summed up as “Be prepared to have fun!” Site leaders will brief paddlers on basic safety measures to ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable and entertaining time. While the Eco Paddle is a family-friendly event and kids are welcome, all participants under age 18 must have a waiver signed by an adult; participants younger than 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Waivers will be provided onsite.

Anyone planning to attend is also reminded to dress appropriately for the weather (rain or shine). While a BBQ lunch will be provided, participants are advised to bring their own water bottles for the Eco Paddle.

The float trip will go along one of the most iconic and scenic rivers in the Chesapeake watershed. The Nanticoke River Water Trail spans a 26-mile segment of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail through Delaware and Maryland. In 1608, Captain John Smith explored the river which is named for the Native Americans who lived along its banks. Today, the 725,000-acre watershed supports a diverse range of wildlife and more rare plants than any other landscape in the Chesapeake. For DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and partners, the Eco Paddle event also will highlight techniques used to improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution entering Delaware’s waterways.

For more information on the Reclaim Our River – Nanticoke Series, please visit . To register for the event, visit or call Edward Stierli at 202-454-3339 or via email at

Vol. 45, No. 182

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