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Creekwatcher Currents: March 2017

A big thanks to new Creekwatcher Michael Allera and returning Creekwatcher Beverly Wilson for helping staff at the February 27 volunteer workday. Much counting was done, all of it very helpful and productive, and that work puts us in a good position for kit building over the next two weeks.

The big item in this newsletter is the obvious one--Training and Season Kick-off on March 18. If you have not yet registered for training, please do so soon. If you cannot attend that training session, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can arrange an alternative training session. There are some changes in protocol this year, and seven more kits will be outfitted with Pro2030s instead of Pro20s. The goal is for all of you to have Pro2030s as soon as possible, and we'll continue to try to find money for equipment.

I've submitted our 2017 QAPP (Quality Assurance Project Plan) to Mary Ellen Ley at the USGS. Pending approval, this year's data will be compliant with Tier 3 requirements for tidal sites as outlined by the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative; as you will learn at training, we will be taking some comparative data in the hopes that previous years can also be included in the Chesapeake Bay Program dataset.

We're very close to meeting this major milestone, and I want to thank each of every one of you (and former Creekwatchers) for participating in this program and collecting data at such a high level for such a long time. Your hard work and patience is about to pay off in a very big way.

Beth Wasden
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Tenth Annual Nanticoke Creekwatchers Training and Season Kick-off

Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, March 18, 10AM-4PM
Breakfast goodies provided by Lower Shore RSVP


Kick off the tenth season of Creekwatching with your fellow Creekwatchers, NWA staff, and guests! We'll go through orientation, policy, and protocol, hand out kits, and then use equipment in the field during the afternoon. Although returning Creekwatchers do not have to stay until the end, I highly recommend that even veteran Creekwatchers practice using equipment with staff present, as this will minimize common mistakes that we see early in the season. And that means you won't have to hear from me. :)

If you absolutely cannot make this training, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can set up an alternative training session.
Project Clean Stream with Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth in Vienna on April 1

The NWA will be partnering with Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth and the Town of Vienna for the 2017 Project Clean Stream, a Chesapeake Bay-wide trash clean-up event. The clean-up will run roughly from 9AM-11AM.

If you're interested in attending, please contact our AmeriCorps member, Alexis Klocek.
March 11: Backyard Conservation Workshop at Perdue HQ in Salisbury

Scout Day in Federalsburg

March 18: Tenth Annual Nanticoke Creekwatchers Training and Season Kick-off

**March 20: Gardening for Clean Water and Butterflies at Seaford District Library | 6PM

March 26-27: Sampling Period 1

April 1: Project Clean Stream in Vienna, MD

**A Reclaim Our River event
The second Reclaim Our River event of the year will be a "Gardening for Clean Water and Butterflies" program on Monday, March 20 at 6PM. Creekwatcher and Delaware Nature Society Naturalist Alice Mohrman will lead this program at the Seaford District Library. We hope to see you there!
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