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Age Minimum (with Adult): 13+, Minimum Age:13+

Nanticoke Creekwatcher

NOTE: We are no longer recruiting Creekwatchers for the 2020 season. If you are interested in becoming a Creekwatcher in 2021, we'd love to hear from you!

Become a Nanticoke Creekwatcher and help the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and partner agencies track the health of one of the healthiest Chesapeake rivers and its creeks. As a citizen scientist, you'll learn how to use awesome water quality monitoring equipment and will follow an EPA-approved protocol that allows our data to be used for policy and management decisions. The NWA provides all equipment and extensive training and on-going support. No previous experience is necessary; Creekwatchers must have the physical ability to walk and to carry and use equipment and must be able to follow protocol. All sites are accessible by foot. (You don't need to own or to use a boat when Creekwatching.) Minors aged 13 and older are welcome to join the team, when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please note--this program is based in western Sussex County and in Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore.

The program currently monitors 35 sites through the Nanticoke region in both Delaware and in Maryland. Sites are long-term, pre-selected locations. Sites vary from bridge crossings to private docks to boat ramps. Creekwatchers make observations about their sites, collect up to three water samples that we transport to partner labs, and take a suite of measurements directly in the water. Beyond being used by agencies for Clean Water Act reports and to track the progress of pollution-reduction strategies, the NWA also uses Creekwatchers data to create an annual water quality report card. Find those report cards at our site.

Training will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021. For more info, please email Beth Wasden or call at 443.944.1175.

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Volunteers needed through 11/2/2020

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