Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy

May 25, 2022

John McNeil, Holly Focht, Gary Focht, John Martin, Brenda Johnson, David Fees (not pictured) and Marlene Mervine (not pictured) took on the whole Vince Morris Nature Trail at Chapel Branch, and installed new signs at every Trail and intersection, the whole, WHOLE Trail in one afternoon!

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May 20, 2022

June is AMAZING for Book Clubs!

We will be planning to do a book discussion group on the book The Wilderness Idiot, we will send a poll out in a few days to see what days work best for you for that.and would love to have you on board.

It is cheaper to obtain on Amazon and you can use Amazon Smiles to donate to the NRWC!

The Wilderness Idiot

Amazon Price: 13.99

Barnes and Noble price 18.95 (BUT with a B & N discount even less!)

Weekly door prizes will be available each week for participating members!

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April 18, 2022

Thank you everyone for their support and help with the NRWC 2022 Pre-Easter auction! With over $1000.00 earned, you helped represent the land preservation efforts, educational initiatives, and youth activities we put forth every day and we APPRECIATE you!

We hope to see you April 27th for a night out to thank you at DogFish Head, and plan on having some chances to win prizes as a thanks to you as well!

ALSO, a bird update thanks to Ron Russell:

I just completed a check of all nesting boxes.  We ended last year with 16 total boxes.  I have added six more.  Two were added to the Foskey field, two to the trail near Marlene and two at the garage.  The two at the garage are hanging wren boxes to entice house wrens that dominated the nesting in that area last year.  The summary follows (total nesting with projected number of eggs):

  • Bluebirds – three nests (12-15 eggs)
  • Chickadees – three nests (12-15 eggs)
  • Titmice – one nest (3-5 eggs)
  • Carolina wrens – one nest (3-5 eggs)

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April 13, 2022

Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy’s Pre-Easter auction benefit, as advertised in the Seaford Star, is in its third day- with Friday evening as THE last day!

A GREAT way to benefit local land preservation non-profit, some amazing Easter gifts available. Local handmade wood items from a variety of wood:

Hand-made wooden serving tray –

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/johnswoodworkshand-madewoodservingtray-464737?category_id=0&page=2

and cutting board:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/johnswoodworkshand-madehewnwoodcuttingboard-464781?category_id=312059&page=1

and Hungry Howie’s baskets to last BEYOND Easter:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/hungryhowiescornucopiagiftbasket-470874?category_id=312059&page=2

amazing gifts like this HANDMADE Botanical Garden Notebook:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/handmadebotanicalgardennotebook-471386?category_id=312059&page=2

(and check out the video for this here):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igjXI_VA7Uo

LADYBUGS:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/ladybuggiftset-468332?category_id=312059&page=2 Original

Indian art : https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/authenticindiatapestry-459864?category_id=312059&page=1

and MUCH more that has not been bid on, but would make an amazing gift for Easter, while supporting your local land preservation non-profit. 🙂

Still plenty of time to create an exciting gift basket of potential British tea experiences:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/emmasteaspotgiftcertificate-464817?category_id=0&page=2

Hockessin Independent Book Store’s packaged books:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/asevenbookhockessinbookshelfpackage-460458?category_id=0&page=1

and your chance to customize your own (or a friend’s) house wreath –

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324/items/14inchhousewelcomewreaths-woodbase-468284?category_id=0&page=2

and so so soooo much more!

Thank you for spreading the word and helping to support your local land preservation non-profit:

https://nanticokeconservancy.weebly.com/

and again, the auction link:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324

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April 8, 2022

Check out item #40 on our auction list! Hungry Howie’s is always a welcome and generous supporter of our community, and this is no exception! Wait until you see our second set of auction items being uploaded this weekend – so much more to come!

And our overall auction found here: (only 15 items show, so above is a sneak peek until the auction opens on Monday!

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324

All starting April 10th! See one of our next coming featured items as well here:


Any questions, let me know! Thanks!

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March 30, 2022

Here it is! We want to laugh, meet and greet, and share stories with you at DogFish Head! Please come so we can enjoy each other’s “Nature” al company on April 27th!

April 27th NRWC would love to see you!

March 26, 2022

Usually community meet and clean days are pretty straightforward, sometimes a tug and pull to push forward and get all done, however today, full of discovery, blessings, and fortune.

The Classic Upward Bound program out of Del Tech enabled students to discover

The Vince Morris Nature Trail (AND WORK AT NEWTON WOODS ON THE SAME DAY!)

Coach Vince Morris

at Chapel Branch and wow, they really had amazing contributions.

From cleaning areas of litter that found their ways into the water, to learning the difference between Loblolly and other pines, discovering iNaturalist, to discovering duck Eggs, and getting some ideas for a great and creative project tied to the nature trail, the mere presence of so many students that had creativity, ideas, every community member, student, teacher, parent, NRWC members, blended in to one great possibility.

Let’s thank:

Marlene Mervine, Gary and Holly Focht, Dr. Korbeogo, Brenda Johnson, Twanya Dunn, Jeff Laird, John and Sharon McNeil, Benjamin, Brandy Yates, Ron Russell, Nicole Truitt, Jennifer Bartsch, Matt Cohee, Doc Semper, Seaford NHS and FFA, Nephtalie, Marlisha, Lynne Betts, Bobbie, Steve Cooper, Colton Philips, Steve Cooper, Vontrell, Austin, William, Ayana (SHE DROVE FROM LEWES TO HELP US TODAY!), Maria, Genny, Nataleigh, Robyn, Blane, Cody, Laura Makray, Tom Murphy, Jennifer Parks, Robbie, Sherlyn, Caleb, Velinda, Myria, Ketsia, Yaritza, Juan, Jair, Stefania, Jaylynn, Berniece, and we are sure there were a few others but LOOK AT THAT LIST!

From the amazing staff of the Classic Upward Bound that constantly were fixing things from lost travelers to lost bus direction, to going BACK and grabbing students stuck at the college, they were AMAZING.

From the amazing bus drivers who were patient through it all – the amazingness of Pizza King- Seaford who accommodated the students afterwards, to Clean Delaware supplying the bathroom, to INVISTA for supplying the dumpsters, to the AMAZING NRWC volunteers who took students under their wing, to the GREAT Seaford High clubs and organizations that put in SO MUCH exciting info to the area and help, and the GREAT GREAT GREAT community members who made this day – a day that outshined the rain – isn’t it ABSOLUTELY amazing to see what happens when community improves their community? Youth and experienced community members together – more powerful than any obstacle possible, today proved it!

Stay tuned for more great things from these amazing community members!

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March 25, 2022

We’re set for a 9:00 AM – noon – Community event tomorrow at The Vince Morris Nature Trail at Chapel Branch on Woodland Road- Students, volunteers, NRWC Staff will all be on hand to do some amazing things – we will have books to donate to younger children, and books for adults from out No Child Left Behind book study. We will be discovering trails, removing evasives, cleaning trash out from the trails, checking birdhouses for cleaning, classifying species of plants and much more! We’d love to meet and greet you tomorrow!

Questions, just drop me an email – here is a link to some of the tasks we will be working on with students from the Classic Upward Bound program as well as volunteers from all over:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1un8z2pWTpJcRPmJTldopLpv5qwHlZpW_M8T5R4IFMAE/edit?usp=sharing

We will have spray to prevent ticks, and disinfectant, as well as water bottles.

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March 20, 2022

https://nanticokeconservancy.weebly.com/online-auction.html

Our Pre Easter NRWC Auction is developing!

To view our upcoming Pre Easter Auction:https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Nanticoke-River-Watershed-Conservancy-Pre-Easter-Auction-30324

This will be able to be previewed leading up until the start date, April 10th, ending April 15th.

 If you know any other artisans or businesses that would like to be a part, just let me know!

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March 19, 2022

The Vince Morris Nature Trail at Chapel Branch in Seaford Community Cleanup Day March 26th!

March 26th’s Community Cleanup at The Vince Morris Trail at Chapel Branch will be welcoming The Classic Upward Bound students; we would love to meet more community members!


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1un8z2pWTpJcRPmJTldopLpv5qwHlZpW_M8T5R4IFMAE/edit?usp=sharing

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March 17, 2022

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

NRWC loves GREEN!

Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy is massively planning for some FUN! Our online auction is becoming an amazing collection of great Eastern Shore businesses – previews to come! Here is the FYI – The auction is April 10th AM (8:00 AM) and lasts until the 15th at 8:00 PM. I WILL be able to show the auction and items online to everyone, a week before it starts so all can see items, the cost, when it starts, etc so they can get an idea of what they would like to bid on 🙂

The auction will appear in the first week of April via a link I will send out, on Facebook, on Twitter, On Instagram, on the Next Door computer application, and a link on our Blog site, and we will put on our page – nanticokeconservancy.org – for the auction and link on the site so people have a way to get to the auction from there too.

ALSO – We are planning a great opportunity to fellowship, inform, laugh, promote and plot for what you’d like to see NRWC in the future- with DogFish Head: https://www.dogfish.com/events/beer-benevolence-night-benefit-nanticoke-river-watershed-conservancy-0 Wednesday, April 27 4:00 pm 320 Rehoboth Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Eats and drinks from 4-8 p.m. … and 10% of the proceeds will go to the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy to support all of the awesome work that they do! But remember, this is a chance to also thank YOU and share some happy moments with you, we would love to see all of you there as well and get to know you as you have become familiar with us.

Thank you again for being a stockholder in protecting what has become all together, our amazingly beautiful back yard!

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March 6, 2022

Our 1:00 PM walk today was amazing – What a Summer day! It was great to see at east 15 cars in the parking lot, seeing Denise Oliver with her little pomeranian! We walked the Three Ponds Trail, many people and gave alot of books out today! We talked with someone who remember DuPont putting in the swimming and pool playsets on the property, picnic areas. and more. It was a nice day just to take a long walk and meeting alof of new faces and talking to so many that had historical notes to swear on Chapel

March 04, 2022

WE ARE ECSTATIC! Because of some AMAZING sponsors and believers of what the NRWC is capable of doing – we MET and EXCEEDED OUR GOAL! Look at this!

Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and show and share the power, beauty, and energy that the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy has in your communities – hold onto your hats, we are going to pack a year full of events until next year’s Do More 24 – and thanks to every single one of you – we will make a bigger impact in preserving our community than ever before.

BIG things are on the horizon!

THANK YOU for being a stockholder in the beauty all around us, and in our own back yard!

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March 02, 2022

Do More 24 is HERE for the NRWC!

6PM March 3rd – March 4th 6 PM!

As we come across this massive Delaware event – Do More 24 in Delaware, one person continues to stick out in my mind. https://www.domore24delaware.org/

The amazing Coach Vince Morris. This year, I hope I can count on so many of you to provide some posts of what you remembered about Vince. What he meant to this community. He inspired me, and taught me everything I would go on to know about Chapel Branch Nature Trail. I want the Do More 24 event to raise support for the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy to honor what Vince knew a long ago about this area. Please share your stories, a few denominations, if you feel so inclined, during the Do More 24 period starting at midnight March 3rd for 24 hours into March 4th – and honor a man that passed down what it meant to never give up, support your community, and honor the beauty that has been given to us and we find at Chapel Branch.

https://www.domore24delaware.org/events/120/remind_me

This year, the Do More 24 campaign is all about how Vince create a legacy of preservation to leave behind for all of us.

We start at 8:00 PM on Do More 24’s livestream! You can watch the Livestream on United Way of Delaware’s https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayofDelaware

and Spur Impact’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/spurimpact

and we will be jumping back on at 8:05 livestream for questions as well at the following link:

Our NRWC Do More 24 donation site:

https://www.domore24delaware.org/fundraisers/nanticoke-river-watershed-conservancy

and we hope to see you from 8:00 – 8:10 PM tomorrow night!

February 05, 2022

Yes, we are still headed to the Vince Norris Trail at Chapel Branch Saturday for an 8:45 hike through the trails with Wriggley, Amaya, and Dane – dress warm and prepare for some damp conditions! We will have some free books on hand as well!

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February 03, 2022

Thanks for revisiting The Vince Morris Nature Trail at Chapel Branch after January 31st’s big snow Jef Laird. This images taken on the Ridgeloop and upper side of the RiverWalk Trails. There still are some trees down by the bottom side of the RiverWalk Trail, as volunteers work on that. Thanks so much Jeff!

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January 30, 2022

Please mark your calendars for Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy night at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth celebrating Earth Day (2022’s theme is Invest In Our Planet), we would love to see you! April 27, 2022, more details to come, lots of information and fun info regarding NRWC!

320 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE

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Emerging from our latest snowstorm…

…We have a new gate at Newton Woods thanks to the FFA at Woodbridge High!

With snow on the ground, in a few days we will have some amazing pictures to see and take at our Vince Morris Nature Trail at Chapel Branch! In the next few days we will be checking trails for clearance after this past storm, and this upcoming Saturday – February 5th, we will plan on a nature trail walk at 8:45 AM we will meet in the parking lot!

A trivia /contest question has been sent out to those on the newsletter list, so stay tuned for the results and good luck!

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January 27, 2022

From Lynne Betts:

About 3:30 this afternoon, in addition to woodpeckers (Downey & Pileated), a Bald Eagle, and Canadian Geese, I encountered 3 River Otters!  One was just as curious about me as I was it.

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January 20, 2022

IF you would be interested in the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy’s (NRWC) newsletter – which we will be having monthly drawings based on environmental trivia for those on the mailing list – email me at harry.brake@gmail.com  to be placed on the periodic info – this upcoming trivia will be about beech trees !

 
The blog the NRWC is here:https://wordpress.com/view/harrybrake.com
and page is here: https://nanticokeconservancy.weebly.com/

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January 18, 2022

Thanks for Day 4 revisit of tree clearing at the Vince Morris Nature Trail at Chapel Branch- Glenn, Brenda, Gary and Holly Focht! and cleaning up Newton Woods today as well! How much does a tree cutter cut trees? (Say 5 times fast) – around 40 trees in 4 days ? Priceless work, time, and effort that benefits the community – thank you so so so so so so much!

Trail clearing day 4: Tuesday, January 18th at 10am. Volunteers to gather at parking lot. Will be clearing the rest of the Beech Tree, Beaver Pond, the Point and River Walk trails.

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January 15th Nature Walk – https://harrybrake.com/2022/01/15/gathering-quality-and-refuge/

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COLD. Yes, it is VERY cold, a cool 20 degrees Fahrenheit today sooo- we will be represented at The Vince Morris Trail at Chapel Branch at this morning, imitating a warmer version of Friluftsliv but we want your visit to NRWC property to be comfortable and enjoyable. DO NOT worry if today is too cold to leisurely take in the trail, we understand it is probably too cold today but we will have another next week again!

In the meantime, leading up to Martin Luther King Jr’s Day of Service January 17, 2022, we’d like to pull some of the listed activities that you can contribute to your community, with, inside and outside!

  1. The advocacy to legislators about natural lands is the heart of the NRWC – and this particular land in Maryland is a GREAT way to take part in saving a piece of land for restoration and prevent development on. Go ahead and do it and let environmental lands hear your voice!
  2. Media Literacy is huge, and piggy backing on #1, we desperately need a push with increasing uses of social media, for future generations to receive the correct instruction on how to discern messaging on all sorts of media. Go ahead whole your are advocating today and support the Senate Bill 195 (SB 195) and let your legislators know you do feel the education and awareness of media literacy, by certified school librarians, is a vital part of education – that is what brings you to us and we hope brings future generations to us! (Beware of the tree octopus !)
  3. What do you know personally about Poison Ivy, Sassafras, Black Oak, and Mountain Laurel? We’d like to hear your “Did you know’s” as we are moving forward with a Chapel Branch field guide for students! Send any and all cool trivia and facts you know to us and we will credit you and put your knowledge to use informing younger generations! (All info can be sent ot harry.brake@gmail.com).

Stay tuned for 12 more ways from now until Monday evening on how you can play a part in community service from your home and by getting out for the MLK Day of Service!

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January 13, 2022 Nature Walk

We will plan to have a nature walk on January 15th, 2022 at 8:45 AM at the Vince Morris Trail at Chapel Branch- any changes on this check HERE by 8:00 AM on January 15th! Free books for children and adults, trail maps to the public, as well as investigating highlights of the trail!

January 13, 2022

Day 2 of Trail /tree clearing! Thank you Cindi, Matt, Gary, Holly, Brenda, and Glenn for again – clearing the way for our community and the NRWC at the Vince Morris trail at Chapel Branch!

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January 10, 2022

Trail Clearing

Thanks to the volunteers at Chapel Branch today clearing the paths from trees that would be threatening the trail.

Members will be back at Chapel Branch on Thursday at 10 PM to clear the Three Ponds Trail.

Thanks to the hard and cold work everyone did today!


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January 9, 2022!

Crews will be clearing trails Monday January 10th at 11:30AM – so please be patient – we will be hoping to plan a Saturday walk on Saturday, January 15th at Chapel Branch – Keep looking to our blog post to confirm later this week based on the weather over the next week –

Nanticoke Conservancy Storm Damage Warning Southern Delaware’s January 3, 2022 snowy introduction to winter has left us, not only with fantastic scenes of beauty, but with some very dangerous conditions for walking the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy’s wonderful woodland trails! Wet and heavy snows clinging to downed trees and tall branches has caused many trees and high branches to come down and these conditions can be deadly until thorough melting is complete. The NRWC advises the public to avoid using any of our 7 miles of trails at the Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford, the Newton Woods Trail near Bridgeville and the Millstone Trail between Bridgeville and Georgetown for at least one week or until this (and the latest forecast snow for Friday, Jan 7th) has completely melted. Please be safe and we will welcome you again after next week!! Marlene Mervine, Exec. Director NRWC

January 6, 2022

NRWC Friends, During Gary, Holly and my clean-up of several tons of storm damage on our Millstone Trail today, Holly noticed this amazing 4″ Loblolly trunk section. None of us had ever seen anything like this. Yup, our tracts can produce some very unusual and beautiful wonders!! Marlene Mervine

Loblolly art!

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Due to the following conditions we will plan on our next Saturday Walk on January 15, 2022- Keep in touch with this site as we navigate clearing the trails at Chapel Branch!

Nanticoke Conservancy Storm Damage Warning


    Southern Delaware’s January 3, 2022 snowy introduction to winter has left us, not only with fantastic scenes of beauty, but with some very dangerous conditions for walking the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy’s wonderful woodland trails!  Wet and heavy snows clinging to downed trees and tall branches has caused many trees and high branches to come down and these conditions can be deadly until thorough melting is complete.  The NRWC advises the public to avoid using any of our 7 miles of trails at the Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford, the Newton Woods Trail near Bridgeville and the Millstone Trail between Bridgeville and Georgetown for at least one week or until this (and the latest forecast snow for Friday, Jan 7th) has completely melted.     Please be safe and we will welcome you again after next week!!   Marlene Mervine, Exec. Director NRWC 

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Documents worth Documenting in your Memory 🙂

Phase I

We will begin to collect and gather documents worth investigating and taking in as part of the Eastern Shore /Chesapeake Bay Environmental History!

Our first, to the right, is the 2010 report and the introduction, as seen on page 7 is below the image. Enjoy! This is Phase I, and below you will see Phase II.

Delaware has participated in the Chesapeake Bay Program since signing a multi-jurisdictional
Memorandum of Understanding in 2000, committing to achieving water quality goals to protect and improve the bay and tributary waters. Since past Chesapeake Bay Program restoration goals have yet to be met, on May 12, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13508, placing increased focus and heightened emphasis on Bay restoration.

In addition, draft legislation has reauthorized the Chesapeake Bay Program, calling for increased measures from federal, state, and local governments. Before both of these initiatives began, however, EPA had already begun developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment for the entire six-state and DC Chesapeake Bay watershed because water quality impairments had been documented for decades. This TMDL will require significant reductions in point and nonpoint pollutant loadings from all jurisdictions within the Chesapeake Bay watershed so that water quality standards can be achieved. As part of the EPA TMDL, each jurisdiction is required to develop a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that details how load allocations will be achieved and maintained now and in the future. Additionally, jurisdictions will have to exhibit accountability by achieving 2-year milestone goals.

Phase II plan, dated, March 30, 2012.

Delaware has participated in the Chesapeake Bay Program since signing a multi-jurisdictional Memorandum of Understanding in 2000, committing to achieving water quality goals to protect and improve the Bay and tributary waters. Since past Chesapeake Bay Program restoration goals have yet to be met, on
May 12, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13508, placing increased focus and heightened emphasis on Bay restoration. In addition, draft legislation to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program,
calls for increased measures from federal, state, and local governments. Before both of these initiatives began, however, EPA had already begun developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment for the entire six-state and DC Chesapeake Bay watershed because water quality impairments had been documented for decades. This TMDL will require significant reductions in point and nonpoint pollutant loadings from all jurisdictions within the Chesapeake Bay watershed so that water quality standards can be achieved. As part of the EPA TMDL, each jurisdiction is required to develop a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that details how load allocations will be achieved and maintained now and in the future. Additionally, jurisdictions will have to exhibit accountability by achieving 2-year
milestone goals.

New Report: Agricultural Lands Key to a Healthy Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is a large ecosystem that encompasses approximately 64,000 square miles in six states: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia.

Although Pennsylvania doesn’t border the Chesapeake Bay, more than half of the state lies within the watershed. Pennsylvania contains two major rivers that are part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: the Susquehanna, with 21,000 square miles, and the Potomac, with 1,600 square miles. Together, they total 40 percent of the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Susquehanna River basin is the largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. From its start near Cooperstown, New York, the river flows over 400 miles and empties into the northern portion of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Impacts of Conservation Adoption on Cultivated Acres of Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region, 2003-06 to 2011

On December 5, 2013, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the release of the CEAP-Cropland report on the effects of recently installed conservation practices on cropland in the Chesapeake Bay region. This new report, using data collected in 2003-06 and 2011, demonstrates that during the time between the two surveys, agricultural producers have significantly increased their use of an array of conservation measures to improve and protect water and soil quality in the Chesapeake Bay region. These conservation practices are generating substantial natural resource benefits for producers and the communities of the Chesapeake Bay region.

Impact Statement found here:

file:///Users/admin/Downloads/impact_statement.pdf

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Nanticoke Conservancy Storm Damage Warning


    Southern Delaware’s January 3, 2022 snowy introduction to winter has left us, not only with fantastic scenes of beauty, but with some very dangerous conditions for walking the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy’s wonderful woodland trails!  Wet and heavy snows clinging to downed trees and tall branches has caused many trees and high branches to come down and these conditions can be deadly until thorough melting is complete.  The NRWC advises the public to avoid using any of our 7 miles of trails at the Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford, the Newton Woods Trail near Bridgeville and the Millstone Trail between Bridgeville and Georgetown for at least one week or until this (and the latest forecast snow for Friday, Jan 7th) has completely melted.     Please be safe and we will welcome you again after next week!!   Marlene Mervine, Exec. Director NRWC 

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Thank you for using AmazonSmiles to support the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy- NRWC!

We appreciate your support and hope you will use AmazonSmiles to support us in the future! Much appreciated!You can support NRWC each time by using this link when you shop Amazon!

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Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy 

Location: Seaford, DE

Mission: The Organization Is A Citizen-Based Land And Water Conservation Advocate Dedicated To Preservation Of Open Space, Plants, And Animals, Unique, Scenic, Natural, Historical, And Recreational Sites And Objects. These Efforts Are Concentrated On The Watershed Of The Nanticoke River And Its Tributaries In Delaware And Maryland.

Programs: Purchase Or Accept Gifts Of Land And/Or Easements On Land To Protect The Natural Resources On The Land And To Limit Development.

Advise Landowners Regarding Tax Benefits Of Preserving Open Space. Monitor Land Easements.

Educate People Regarding Natural Resources, Including Aesthetic Appreciation And Wise Use Of These Resources.

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Holiday Walk January 01, 2022

11:30 AM Yes of course it started increasing rain as the 9:00AM hour approached! However, we will rain date the walk for January 8th, all same details apply!

From today’s experience, we were lucky to meet some new visitors to the nature trail, as well as learn a few things:

Identifying Loblolly Pines are easy once you realize there are three needs coming out from one central point (fascicle)– the bark to me always was an indicator but I was informed other pines also have similar bark patterns. The pine information was GREAT but also, learned that loblolly self prune as you can see from branches that drop in looking up an existing loblolly.

Also, we were able to clean up the roadside from the entrance of Chapel Branch to the railroad tracks leading to the Invista entrance, AS WELL AS take care of loose debris at the entrance of the nature trail, AND retrieve a post that had been pulled out and laying on the side of the trail. So all was not lost. We look forward to a better day – hopefully dryer, as I am sure, and you can see, the hounds were not impressed with trail walking today 🙂 Hope to see you next Saturday!

7:00 AM January 01, 2022

Happy New Year! As of 6:50- 7:15 AM- after a morning test walk with the hounds, our holiday Walk is still on at 9:00 AM, at Chapel Branch! For precaution, bring an umbrella and foot attire / dress attire prepared for a little dampness, but the weather is amazingly warm! We have sanitizer, and we have books ready for children and adults- we hope to share the beauty of the Vince Morris Trail at Chapel Branch with you this morning! Dogs are welcome, we just ask them to be on leash 🙂 Plenty of books available to youth and adult visitors today!

Stay tuned to future events with WBOC!

Google Map

Books available to visitors during today’s Nature Walk!

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Envirocate!

Whether you knew it or not, certified school librarians and students are vital to educating future generations about our immediate environment! Thanks to a handful of students at Woodbridge High School, Independent Study students to be exact, from the Woodbridge High Library Media Center, students have been organizing the educational vaults of The Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy and now will begin to organize and advertise ways our community can educate environmental aspects of our immediate area in Delaware! (Envirocate, get it?! )

Today we focus one one of the coolest, portable educational tools. The fundana, part bandana, totally educational, these portable lessons can be taken to several ecosystems, and take a look at our example today, titled BeachQuest:

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2021 NRWC Annual Giving

At this wonderful season of the year we all take time to pause and reflect on the many blessings we enjoy!  Among the blessings that all of us in southwestern Sussex County and beyond can celebrate is the protection of well over 500 acres of conservation lands, saved forever for YOU through the work of the Nanticoke Conservancy!  And we anticipate the addition of another 170+ acres by March 2022.

            These lands are protected into the future for us and our families—local forests, agricultural lands, wetlands, pollinator meadows, stream and river parcels, valuable wildlife and rare plant habitats and over five miles of beautiful trails for the health and enjoyment of everyone.

            All of this could not have been possible without your support!  As we work with our communities and schools to further environmental and health education, volunteer to keep these forever landscapes available to everyone and to protect conservation habitats  for clean water and healthy air, we need everyone’s help!

Won’t you DONATE to the Nanticoke Conservancy this 2021 holiday season??

            We are your local non-profit, tax exempt land trust folks who are working very hard for YOU, and we have many plans for the future to benefit all in the Nanticoke watershed.  To help us, you may send donations to:

            The Nanticoke Conservancy

            P.O. Box 418

            Seaford,  DE  19973

            Or you may DONATE  through our website:      nanticokeconservancy.org

Gratefully,

Marlene H. Mervine, Executive Director

Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy

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January 1, 2022 Holiday Walk – (Due to Rain Anticipated, plan on Rain Date of January 8th)

Chapel Branch Nature Trail, 470-514 Woodland Rd, Seaford, DE 19973

January 01, at the Vince Morris Trail at Chapel at Chapel Branch, we will have a holiday walk to allow individuals to check out trails, those marked and not marked, as well as exploring the in’s and outs of The Vince Morris Trail at Chapel Branch!

While supplies last – we will have extra copies of Last Child in the Woodsas well as books on hand for elementary students that they can choose from – tied to the environment!   We want to get literacy into the hands of youth as much as possible while connecting the values of the environment!  I will arrive at 9:00 AM with my canines, and you are welcome to bring yours, we just ask all dogs to be on leash.

We would love for you to spread the word and let individuals revisit the additions to Chapel Branch, as well as see it for the first time.  If weather is raining or not fitting for exploring, I will send an email out before by 8:00 AM January 01 to let you know of a change and a potential rain date, but due to weather reports currently January 8th is looking pretty good at this point!

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Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards 2021 Hits Jackpot with NRWC

The Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy is brought to the spotlight thanks to the efforts or NRWC volunteers Ron Russell, Gary Focht and Harry Brake. In an effort to bring the efforts the NRWC gives back to the community, being recognized through the state of the Delaware is not only about being an individual honor – but bringing to light the purpose and investment of the NRWC to the community we find ourselves in. While the three NRWC volunteers are deeply humbled about this honor, the chance to bring the needs and successes of the NRWC to light is the real winner!

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Newton Woods? What is Happening There?

Thanks to the Woodbridge FFA and NRWC volunteers, NRWC’s Newton Woods tract is becoming a great place to explore and appreciate the different ecosystems you will see! Newly renovated drive in, as well as clearing paths are all a part of how Newton Woods is becoming a nature trail you will want to become familiar with!

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Legislating NRWC Value

Thanks to Marlene Mervine and Gary Focht for meeting with Alexandra Gilliland, legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester on December 17th. Support, goals, and needs of the NRWC were discussed and strategies to move forward with the future of the NRWC all were put on the table and strategized. Much hard work and planning goes into protecting the future of our environmental community. Thank you Ms Gilliland, Marlene Mervine and Gary Focht for investing in the time towards these efforts!

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Community Book Discussion

SOME of you may have wondered – or heard – that the NRWC is leading a Community Book Talk! You’re RIGHT! 🙂 Here is a look into the third week notes we send out that tie into what we have done so far on The Last Child in the Woods ! project started from the Math and Science Upward Bound students this past summer:

September 18, 2021

Last Week we met at Pizza King, thanks to Marlene Mervine, Glen Mellin, Lennie Truitt, and student Ritza, as we covered items for Chapters 16-20. Please continue to check out the wealth of contributions found on our discussion of Last Child in the Woods.

We were lucky enough to have Glenn bring in an example of Chinquapin

To see excerpts of Glen and Lennie’s Ritual Landscapes, the Preface, Chapters 1-3 are presented here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mUaql2QoSzTE7g_9J5onoU5dDnFTMn9p?usp=sharing

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September 4, 2021

Glen provided some exciting insights into Week 3 and Lennie too!
Okay so first take a look at the image attached  – this was a GREAT look into a pretty aggressive way nature reacts to seed dispersal – and this is called:

 Proboscidea parvilflora variety hokokamiana – aka Devil’s Claw.

How cool is that?!  My takeaway from this is illustrating what can;t be learned in a textbook and how this lookalike from the Alien series, (Sigourney Weaver) is in the environment in reality (and how ALIEN is the environment to so many youth today?)

Could be a cool bell ringer to challenge students to find something in the environment that resembles something they have seen on tv or on a movie, connecting them to the tech and environmental relationship.

Also – we discussed the definition of artifact, through Glenn’s eyes as a registered anthropologist –  and how the sky, and the air –  is now an artifact as it has changed due to the nature of how humans have changed the air, the sky due to pollution, releasing carbon etc and it is not what it used to be – it is a new recreation of these elements – I am curious to see what you think of that!  

Also Glen shed some light on chapters 20 and 21 (yep he cruised and finished this text) BUT I am going to get to that when we arrive there if okay, but it is pretty worthy conversation 🙂  )

Did you see the amazingly cool poster Lennie provided?

Whew, alot to ponder the first day of the third week – so if you plan on joining Zoom or in person at Every Fiber at 1:00 – please let me know it says on the website closes as 1:00 – but I think it is 2:00 – so – I plan on being there at 1:00 PM JUST in case there is a flaw, zoom will start at 1:00 but if a problem, will start at 1:15- but please RSVP if you will be in person or on Zoom, and if not – it is OKAY – it is just so I can plan the day as well 🙂   but please consider adding to the Google doc then? – your thoughts, connections, etc?  That link is HERE

and I hope you will use the template to encourage senators/representatives/ members of the Sussex County Council to help support the NRWC in creating and establishing an office, as well as a established parking lot, gazebo learning area, etc at Chapel Branch to start.  If we can affirm how often this is used and how many people – and the need, and get into a regular budget – the lands we acquire can meet with the education on those lands we can provide to our community!  Your voice will carry a ton of weight.  The template you can edit is HERE (The links in the letter are built into the letter on Google already!)

Any questions let me know.  Next week – Chapter 16-20!  

The one thing I am realizing from this book talk is how to use books to work interactively, taking ideas and making them be active, out of the book reality aspects of how we improve our community. That truly takes a village of individuals to bring these elements together, and then create a movement towards aspects more positive.

Also, a SUPER SUPER surprise about something you might not have known about Chapel Branch – coming soon!

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Summer of 2021 Integrating Math & Science Upward Bound with the Environment

We do ALOT for just relying on volunteers as you can tell- Here you can see students at work at the Millstone Tract:


Links to show what was learned from the students over summer:

Students:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rm7FYurdsKon2aKCUShPJ3lCvi_UWVEj?usp=sharing


Conducting a community wide book read on Last Child in the Woods and conducting discussions:( I shared that link with you but here is a link as well:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17NwNO6L3-qbivvy22ANxFuR0UHdD6QVX?usp=sharing

It is VITAL we keep adding opportunities to what our future generations can realize they have a gift for!

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Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy March 20th 2021 Community Clean up DAY!

8:00-noon – at Chapel Branch Trail

Plenty of Sign ups for various tasks available where you can submit your requests:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_L4gSNNq8uLWCXjvLvXrSQTlIk4himiV8ZqJcolrdQ4/edit?usp=sharing

ANY questions, do not hesitate, your interest and support makes the NRWC move forward – Thank you!

Newest map created of the River Hike –

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PREVIOUS Community Clean Up Day

Thank you to everyone who helped with The Chapel Branch Nature Trail Community Clean Up Day with the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy. Over 20 projects in one day – and as you know stewardship of this and so many other properties is more than one day- if you want to be in the loop of other activities – please email us at harry.brake.gmail.com – and bulletin!

Check out our videos from the day –


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyvprsH291xEThNueTzN_p4lNyRmIul7v

and some pictures later today too. Special, thanks to Beth Kopicki for our video/photo coverage, and so our sponsors- Nanticoke Hospital, Volunteer Delaware, Hungry Howie’s and Rita’s Ice – It was great to meet and greet new individuals from other states, as well as neighbors nearby unaware of the Chapel Branch Nature Trail.

Girl Scout Troop 1321 and Seaford FFA to name just a few – it was a great day thanks to all of you helping maintain some of the best resources in our own back yard!

Congrats on the two coloring contest winners!

The NRWC congratulates Ms Kyrie Matos and Ms Lilyan Farris on being the NRWC Community Day Coloring Contest winners! Kudos! They receive a generous package from the Baltimore Aquarium, Hungry Howies, and feedback from our judges. They both ironically chose our “Narnia Tree” – the great Beech tree at Chapel Branch to choose as their coloring entries. We applaud their motivation and talent, and love putting 2021 on their awards – items being sent to them via mail this week! Congratulations and HUGE kudos to our sponsors, judges and artists as listed on the certificate!

Thanks to Hungry Howie’s in Seaford! – https://www.hungryhowies.com/store/hungry-howies-01301
Thanks to the Baltimore Aquarium – https://aqua.org
Chapel Branch Bridge

For downloads – you can download and print your pages here

(Congrats to our student artist Salma!)

Chapel Branch Beech “Narnia” Tree
NRWC logo
Chapel Branch Nature Trail /Area Sign

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Fall 2020 Newsletter – Nanticoke Notes

Check out our full newsletter from Fall 2020

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VDzxsVAGHhU6eoM8QmsIvsxO_Uim1300/view?usp=sharing

Here!