CONTACT: Philip Miller, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-672-1149, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanticoke River Wade-In and Report Card Launch to be held July 16
LAUREL (July 14, 2015) – The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) and the DNREC-sponsored Reclaim Our River program invite the public to celebrate the Nanticoke River and learn more about its health at the annual Nanticoke River Wade-In from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel. This free event also will launch the 2014 Nanticoke River Report Card, as well as providing a free lunch at noon, hands-on educational activities and kayaking opportunities.
At 1 p.m., attendees are encouraged to get their feet wet to help evaluate the river’s condition using the “Sneaker Index,” which was originated by Maryland State Senator C. Bernard (Bernie) Fowler. Watershed residents will measure how deep they can wade into the water and still see their feet. This is a casual indicator of water clarity – the ability of sunlight to reach the bottom, which is crucial for supporting high dissolved oxygen levels, bottom-dwelling species and submerged aquatic vegetation.
In addition, the NWA will offer educational activities for children at 1:30 p.m., along with free kayak-paddling opportunities for attendees of all ages to enjoy the pond and to visit the DNREC-sponsored floating wetlands that will be installed during the Wade-In. Floating wetlands are artificial islands that improve water quality by using up nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. These two nutrients are the primary causes of algal blooms, which cause a number of water quality issues, including low dissolved oxygen and low water clarity.
The Reclaim Our River – Nanticoke Series is devoted to bringing monthly events, workshops and recreational activities to the Nanticoke Watershed. The series offers participants fun opportunities to connect with Delaware’s waterways and provides important information on water quality that can help in protecting aquatic resources.
The event is free, but participants must preregister at http://wadein2015.eventbrite.com/. For more information about the Wade-In or the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, please contact Joanne Maturana, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer, at email@example.com or 410-202-9868.
Vol. 45, No. 225