Contact: Phil Miller, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-739-9939
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance to announce results of
Five-Year Nanticoke River Report Card at Riverfest July 13
DOVER (July 11, 2013) – The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance would like to invite the public to stop by DNREC’s Delaware Watersheds tent during the Nanticoke Riverfest in Seaford Saturday, July 13 for reporting of the first Five-Year Nanticoke River Report Card. Results will be announced at 12:30 pm and copies of the report card will be available to take home. Recipients can see how the Nanticoke River has been “graded” over the past five years by the Alliance, and learn about the focus areas needed to ensure that the watershed’s water quality is improved for future use.
In past years, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released a report card that delivered information about the health of the Nanticoke River and its creeks on a yearly basis. The Alliance uses data collected by volunteer Creekwatchers to develop the report card. This year the report card will reflect the past five years to illustrate any trends in the overall direction of the river’s health.
The Creekwatchers are part of a Citizen Monitoring Program which began in 2007 and has continued to exceed expectations, according to Shelly Baird, Executive Director of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. “With more than 70 Creekwatchers trained since 2008, we now monitor 36 sites in the watershed every other week from early spring through mid-autumn,” she said.
“The Creekwatchers’ level of engagement and commitment is extraordinary. With the equipment and training provided, volunteers have become citizen scientists,” Baird said. “They continually learn more about water quality and serve as the river’s ambassadors.”
Certain parameters such as water clarity, dissolved oxygen, salinity and temperature are measured onsite. The report card also addresses total nitrogen and phosphorus and examines bacteria data on the main stem of the river from the Seaford Boat Ramp to Nanticoke, Md.
Visit DNREC’s Delaware Watersheds tent to pick up a copy of the report card and learn about becoming a Creekwatcher and a part of the monitoring team. See exhibits by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and find information on Delaware’s Water Trails from DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation.
Inside the tent, you may also learn about the history and importance of the American Shad or discover how to grow a healthy and eco-friendly lawn from DelDOT’s Delaware Livable Lawns exhibit. You may also find other exhibits within by DNREC’s Adopt a Wetland Program, the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy, and the Delaware Nature Society. Also scheduled in the Delaware Watersheds tent is a demonstration on soil testing at 11 a.m. that includes tips on how to properly gauge fertilizer use. You can drop back by at 1 p.m. to learn how to build a rain barrel – and no matter when you’re inside visiting DNREC’s tent during Riverfest, don’t forget to enter the rain barrel raffle!
Vol. 43, No. 278