Nanticoke Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitor

Cause Areas


Sat Mar 18, 2017 - Mon Nov 06, 2017


Sites near Salisbury, MDsalisbury, MD 21801

Nanticoke River at Cherry Beach


The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is currently seeking new Nanticoke Creekwatcher volunteers in the Nanticoke River watershed to adopt one or two sampling sites in their area in the tenth season of this bi-state, award-winning program! The NWA seeks volunteers to monitor sites in or near Quantico and Mardela Springs. Sampling occurs every other Sunday or Monday from late March through early November. Nanticoke Creekwatchers must commit to sampling the entire season and must cover 14 out of 17 sampling periods.

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance's Creekwatchers Citizen Water Monitoring Program began in July 2007 as a multi-year, bi-state (MD & DE) project to monitor the health of the Nanticoke River. The EPA approved the Creekwatchers' quality assurance procedure, making it only one of two (and the first) volunteer water monitoring program to receive this distinction. In addition, the program is a three-time winner of the Delaware Governor's Volunteer Award for exception environmental group and a recipient of the Maryland Governor's Service Award.

Volunteers take a variety of measurements, including Secchi depth or water clarity, total water depth, dissolved oxygen, water temperature, and salinity. Volunteers also take up to three water samples, which partner labs Envirocorp and Horn Point analyze.

The NWA uses the data collected by Creekwatchers to produce an annual Nanticoke River Report Card and shares the accumulated data with watershed residents, government agencies, other nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions and individuals. The Report Card and data allow the Alliance, other organizations, governments and citizens allow the Alliance to identify potential restoration areas throughout the Nanticoke River watershed and to identify any problematic trends.


  • Environmental Science
  • STEM

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 13
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 4 hours every month.
  • Teens from 13-17 may participate with adult.

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