Wicomico Creek Watchers
Wicomico Creekwatchers

Wicomico Creekwatchers

Wicomico Creekwatchers monitors 25 sites throughout the Wicomico River system, collecting samples from the following Wicomico tributaries and ponds (technically known as “impoundments”): Wicomico Creek, Johnson Pond, Parker Pond, Schumaker Pond, the East Prong, Mitchell Pond, Coulbourne Mill Pond, Tony Tank Lake, Allen Pond, Shiles Creek, and Rockawalkin Creek

Each year since it began, Wicomico Creekwatchers has published a detailed report of its annual monitoring results. Creekwatchers has shared those reports with citizens, local and State elected leaders, Maryland Department of Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and other agencies and organizations. This report presents five years of selected data and analysis from this monitoring program of the Wicomico River.

Mission

Water testingThe mission of Wicomico Creekwatchers is to collect and develop objective, scientifically credible water quality data by recruiting and mobilizing a grassroots volunteer force that monitors the waters of the Wicomico River and its tributaries on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Through its work, Creekwatchers advances efforts of citizens, businesses, and public officials to ensure that public policies and other management tools adequately protect and preserve Wicomico River water quality.

Since its inception in 2002, Wicomico Creekwatchers has established a set of baseline data for identifying water quality conditions and trends over time.

What You Can Do

In many Chesapeake Bay tributaries, excessive nitrogen and phosphorus pollution has decreased water quality and the health of aquatic habitats. Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution stimulates algae growth, diminishes water clarity, and ultimately reduces dissolved oxygen levels within the water. These changes reduce a water body’s aesthetic and recreational values, and impair its ability to support healthy populations of aquatic life. You can help improve the health of your river and the Bay:

  • Get involved locally - your local organizations and government can’t do it alone;
  • Use lawn chemicals and fertilizers sparingly and only as directed;
  • Create “buffers”—areas that will soak up excess rain water—by planting native trees, shrubs and grasses;
  • Use rain barrels to catch rain water from your roof and plant rain gardens to trap it on the ground;
  • Support your local and regional conservation groups; and,
  • Become a Creekwatcher!

Additional Information:

For more information you can visit the link below:

http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/nutrients/problem.cfm