Join the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance as a Nanticoke Creekwatcher in the fifteenth year of our award-winning program! We're currently looking for Creekwatchers to adopt sites in both Delaware and in Maryland. All of our sites are foot-accessible. We currently have sites available in/near:
- Seaford, DE,
- Bridgeville, DE,
- Mardela Springs, MD,
- Sharptown, MD, and
- Vienna, MD (waders reqiured).
We are currently planning to hold new Creekwatcher-only training in person on Saturday, March 19 at Trap Pond State Park's Baldcypress Nature Center but may change the structure of training to a hybrid training with online and in-person elements depending on COVID conditions in mid-March. Safety for our staff and volunteers is paramount. Masks will be required.
During 2022, Creekwatchers will visit their adopted sites every other Sunday or Monday from March 27/28 to November 6/7. Creekwatchers will use provided equipment to take a suite of measurements directly in the water. In addition, Creekwatchers will take water samples that will be analyzed by our partner labs. Lastly, Creekwatchers will make observations about their sites. Generally speaking, most Creekwatchers take 15-30 minutes at each site to complete monitoring tasks.
All Creekwatchers must be available to monitor sites at least 14 out of 17 sampling periods during the season. Creekwatchers must also have reliable transportation and be able to deliver samples and datasheets to one of our drop-off sites.
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance provides all equipment needed, along with training and on-going support. Data are reported to the Chesapeake Data Explorer, which in turn is accessible to state and federal agencies, residents and visitors, and partners who need high-quality water quality data. The States of DE and MD use Creekwatchers data for Clean Water Act Reports. Lastly, NWA uses data to create an annual Nanticoke River Report Card.
Minors aged 13 or older are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian.
New (and returning) Creekwatchers, please complete the form to register for training. Returning Creekwatchers--I will be in touch separately about refresher training and kit distribution. If you have questions about the program, please contact BethWasden@NanticokeRiver.org.