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What is creekwatchers?

The mission of the Creekwatchers Program 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.  Creekwatchers seek to advance efforts of citizens, businesses, students and public officials to ensure that public policies and other management tools adequately protect and preserve Wicomico River water quality.  Wicomico Creekwatchers monitor 25 sites throughout the Wicomico River watershed.

WET’s citizen scientists have been monitoring the Wicomico River’s health since 2002. Bi-weekly, from March through early-November, WET’s Creekwatchers disperse throughout the watershed and collect water samples, measure water clarity salinity, and temperature, and record site conditions. All samples and data are then delivered to either Salisbury University Department of Biology and analyzed for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, water clarity, chlorophyll a, and bacteria. The results of each parameter are averaged for the year to assess the health of the Wicomico River, identify trouble spots, and measure the effects of pollution-reduction efforts.

Consider joining our team to sample a site or volunteer to help WET with logistical support.  For further information or to volunteer in any of these capacities, contact Melanie Kerber at 412-651-2236 or email: creekwatchers@gmail.com