We are now recruiting for 2021 Nanticoke Creekwatchers! We currently need new Creekwatchers to adopt designated sites in the Bridgeville, Seaford, and Woodland areas in DE and for MD-based volunteers to adopt sites in Quantico and elsewhere.
Creekwatchers will visit their adopted sites every other Sunday or Monday (their choice) from March 28/29 to November 7/8. We ask that Creekwatchers be available for 14 out of 17 sampling periods during the season. Creekwatchers make observations about their sites, take measurements directly in the water, and also collect water samples for lab analysis. 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.
Our annual training will be held on Saturday, March 20 at the Trap Pond Baldcypress Nature Center from 10AM-4PM. (Training specifics will be determined by COVID and may necessitate a hybrid online and in-person training schedule.) Veteran Creekwatchers who have volunteered for at least three full seasons will be able to attend a brief refresher and kit pick-up event the week of training. Full details will be determined in March.
If you have questions about the program, please contact BethWasden@NanticokeRiver.org.