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  • 6th Annual White Clay Creek Fest — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building Wild Scenic Program Steering Committee Meeting May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center Birding Bioblitz May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center Blog archive Featured Feb 4 2016 Water Quality Student Research remote sensing geography GIS nutrient hotspots mushroom farming Kristen Molfetta Comment Feb 4 2016 Water Quality Student Research remote sensing geography GIS nutrient hotspots mushroom farming Kristen Molfetta Comment Turning Research to Knowledge How Satellites Can Help Us Manage Our Water Resources Feb 4 2016 Water Quality Student Research remote sensing geography GIS nutrient hotspots mushroom farming Kristen Molfetta Comment Feb 4 2016 Water Quality Student Research remote sensing geography GIS nutrient hotspots

    Original URL path: http://whiteclay.org/blog/save-the-date (2016-04-30)
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  • Knowing your Aquatic Neighbors: Leeches and Stoneflies and Snails, Oh My! — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    stream since coming into close contact with that water might make you ill So what do the things living in the waters of the White Clay tell us about how the watershed is doing According to Stroud Water Research Center a combined assessment of macros in the White Clay tells us that of the 18 sites monitored between 1994 and 2008 only one the headwaters of the East Branch was ranked as good Eight were ranked as fair and nine were ranked as poor Typically the headwater streams tended to have the macros that indicate higher water quality while the macros present at downstream sites indicated more pollution and lower overall water quality For more information on that assessment click here Bacterial data for the White Clay is measured differently across state lines In Pennsylvania the State Department of Environmental Protection has a standard for E coli and fecal coliform while the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has set forth a water quality standard for enterococcus Preliminary data collected by volunteers in the Pennsylvania portion of the watershed suggests that several of the ten sites sampled did not meet the water quality standard for bacteria In the Delaware portion of the watershed data collected by the Delaware Nature Society in the same year indicated that headwater and smaller streams did not meet the water quality standard while the main stem of the White Clay Creek did This suggests that the levels of bacteria are diluted as water moves from smaller streams to larger streams This may be good news for the main stem of the Creek but data has also shown that during storm events bacteria levels in even the largest streams in the watershed can spike Whether good or bad what s living in our streams can tell us a lot about the health of our watershed and how we care for the land that drains to the White Clay Creek This knowledge is the first step toward helping our streams become healthier For citizens in the White Clay Valley this could mean big things like installing rain gardens to catch stormwater runoff or reducing impervious cover by replacing asphalt with porous pavement It could also mean smaller things like making sure that your septic tank is properly maintained cleaning up after your dog while you re out on a walk or reducing the size of your lawn Every little bit helps when it comes to protecting our water and ensuring that it will be a healthy for all living things for years to come For more information on stream assessments and determining water quality click here Tagged aquatic life bacteria macroinvertebrates stream assessments stream monitoring water quality white clay creek Newer Post 6th Annual White Clay Creek Fest Older Post Green Really Is Green Environmental Economics BLOG RSS Subscribe Name Name First Name Last Name Email Address Thank you Upcoming Events Featured May 7 May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00

    Original URL path: http://whiteclay.org/blog/bugsandbacteria (2016-04-30)
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  • Green Really Is Green: Environmental Economics — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    single acre of wetlands provides more than 13 000 worth of goods and services that include water filtration water storage to reduce flooding natural habitat for birds and fish and nutrient removal from suburban and agricultural fertilizer use Wetlands aren t the only natural features to provide such benefits Farmland forests open water and even urban areas benefit society economically in a variety of different ways Combined all ecosystem goods and services in the White Clay Creek are valued at more than 165 million per year Finally the third valuation technique jobs and wages draws a link between nature and the economy by counting the number of jobs within the watershed that are related to the environment Each time you rent a canoe chat with a state park ranger have a glass of wine or beer or even visit this website the person on the other end of the interaction has a job either directly or indirectly because of the environment Environmental industries within the White Clay Creek watershed like eco tourism agriculture fisheries recreation environmental nonprofits and more directly and indirectly employ about 25 000 people and provide more than 1 billion in annual wages While these dollar values are estimates they provide simple but compelling proof that in many ways our economy and the environment are connected Protecting natural resources in areas like the White Clay Creek watershed makes both environmental and financial cents Though these dollar figures don t tell the complete story of the White Clay Creek it does confirm what many people already know this is an incredibly invaluable watershed For more information on the University of Delaware Water Resources Agency s reports on environmental values click here Tagged economic value economics ecosystem values white clay creek Newer Post Knowing your Aquatic Neighbors Leeches and Stoneflies and Snails Oh My Older Post Will The White Clay Run Silver Again BLOG RSS Subscribe Name Name First Name Last Name Email Address Thank you Upcoming Events Featured May 7 May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park White Clay Creek Fest May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building Wild Scenic Program Steering Committee Meeting May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10

    Original URL path: http://whiteclay.org/blog/environmental-economics (2016-04-30)
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  • BLOG — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    jeopardy and the Christina River Basin is no exception In the past decade only one species of freshwater mussel has been found above the tide line in Wilmington According to PDE reasons for the decline are numerous and may include overall impaired water quality from changing land uses overharvesting and predation and the loss of the species of fish that mussels rely on as hosts and dams that block fish passage To help bring freshwater mussels back to their native waters PDE has implemented a Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program in the Delaware portion of the White Clay Creek This program is funded in part by the Delaware State Tax Check Off also known as the White Clay Creek Restoration Fund The first step in this initiative was to survey the streams in the watershed to search for existing mussel populations This surveying completed in May 2013 spanned more than 4 000 stream meters and took roughly 20 person hours to complete Unfortunately the researchers came back empty handed with no mussels found in the non tidal portions of the creek in Delaware The good news though is that this isn t where the story ends for freshwater mussels Phase II of PDEs recovery initiative involves transplanting about 200 healthy adult mussels from the Brandywine Creek to carefully selected areas within the Delaware portion of the White Clay Creek These mussels were reintroduced during the summer of 2013 and each mussel was electronically tagged so that they can be easily located and studied over the following year to measure the success of the reintroduction Whether these species can withstand the erosive forces of excessive stormwater and flooding as well as the pollutants carried in stormwater runoff remains to be seen Success or failure aside information derived from this study will benefit future freshwater mussel restoration efforts PDEs Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program is an exciting initiative for the White Clay Creek watershed Not only will restoring mussel populations contribute to local biodiversity and water quality improvements it will also help add a bit more wild to this already Wild and Scenic River Freshwater Mussels Update 2014 For more information visit the PDE website at http www delawareestuary org freshwater mussels Help search the White Clay for existing mussel populations Learn more about volunteer opportunities here Tagged ecosystem services Elliptio complanata freshwater mussels Partnership for the Delaware Estuary white clay creek Comment Shane Morgan September 26 2013 Community Outreach Events Got Drugs Dispose of Them Safely to Protect Our Water Shane Morgan September 26 2013 Community Outreach Events NEW GARDEN TOWNSHIP AND THE CITY OF NEWARK ARE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 26 Kennett Square PA On October 26 from 10 a m to 2 p m New Garden Township and the Drug Enforcement Administration DEA will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired unused and unwanted prescription drugs Bring your medications for disposal to Giant

    Original URL path: http://whiteclay.org/blog/?offset=1389025981000 (2016-04-30)
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  • Will The White Clay Run Silver Again? — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    the erosion of the stream bank In addition to the partial dam removal the plan also includes tree plantings along the stream bank debris removal and rock re positioning to improve bank stability and restore the floodplain Educational signage will also be installed to inform visitors about the historic dam and the restoration process Byrnes Mill Dam is only one of seven dams along the Delaware portion of White Clay Creek slated for partial or total removal Future studies for dams 2 along Red Mill Road and 3 downstream of Paper Mill Road have already been funded Removal of these dams not only benefits fish passage by opening up stream miles for shad and other anadromous fish it also contributes to making the White Clay Creek more reminiscent of its wild and free flowing historic state when the upstream stretches were said to run silver Stay tuned to learn about volunteer opportunities and become a part of White Clay history Note The University of Delaware s Water Resources Agency has served as the head of this project which has been in the works for several years now Funding and support have been provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation the FishAmerica Foundation NOAA and American Rivers Other partners include DNREC the New Castle County Conservation District the Brandywine Conservancy the Christina Conservancy the University of Delaware Center for Historic Architecture and Design the White Clay Creek Country Club the White Clay Wild and Scenic Management Committee the Historic Hale Byrnes House and New Castle County Click here to learn more about Shad Restoration and Dam Removal in the White Clay Tagged American Shad Byrnes Mill dam dam removal Shad Restoration white clay creek Newer Post Green Really Is Green Environmental Economics Older Post Adding Mussel to Strengthen the White Clay BLOG RSS Subscribe Name Name First Name Last Name Email Address Thank you Upcoming Events Featured May 7 May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park White Clay Creek Fest May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building Wild Scenic Program Steering Committee Meeting May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016

    Original URL path: http://whiteclay.org/blog/dam1removal (2016-04-30)
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  • Adding 'Mussel' to Strengthen the White Clay! — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    completed in May 2013 spanned more than 4 000 stream meters and took roughly 20 person hours to complete Unfortunately the researchers came back empty handed with no mussels found in the non tidal portions of the creek in Delaware The good news though is that this isn t where the story ends for freshwater mussels Phase II of PDEs recovery initiative involves transplanting about 200 healthy adult mussels from the Brandywine Creek to carefully selected areas within the Delaware portion of the White Clay Creek These mussels were reintroduced during the summer of 2013 and each mussel was electronically tagged so that they can be easily located and studied over the following year to measure the success of the reintroduction Whether these species can withstand the erosive forces of excessive stormwater and flooding as well as the pollutants carried in stormwater runoff remains to be seen Success or failure aside information derived from this study will benefit future freshwater mussel restoration efforts PDEs Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program is an exciting initiative for the White Clay Creek watershed Not only will restoring mussel populations contribute to local biodiversity and water quality improvements it will also help add a bit more wild to this already Wild and Scenic River Freshwater Mussels Update 2014 For more information visit the PDE website at http www delawareestuary org freshwater mussels Help search the White Clay for existing mussel populations Learn more about volunteer opportunities here Tagged ecosystem services Elliptio complanata freshwater mussels Partnership for the Delaware Estuary white clay creek Newer Post Will The White Clay Run Silver Again Older Post Got Drugs Dispose of Them Safely to Protect Our Water BLOG RSS Subscribe Name Name First Name Last Name Email Address Thank you Upcoming Events Featured May 7 May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park White Clay Creek Fest May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building Wild Scenic Program Steering Committee Meeting May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00

    Original URL path: http://whiteclay.org/blog/wccmussel (2016-04-30)
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  • Got Drugs? Dispose of Them Safely to Protect Our Water. — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends including from the home medicine cabinet In addition Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an ultimate user that is a patient or pet or their family member or owner of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents controlled substances in certain instances Tagged drug disposal Prescription Drug Take Back water contamination prevention Newer Post Adding Mussel to Strengthen the White Clay Older Post Reduce Runoff Slow It Down Spread It Out Soak It in Swift Park Vegetated Swales BLOG RSS Subscribe Name Name First Name Last Name Email Address Thank you Upcoming Events Featured May 7 May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park White Clay Creek Fest May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building Wild Scenic Program Steering Committee Meeting May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center Birding Bioblitz May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane

    Original URL path: http://whiteclay.org/blog/drugdisposal (2016-04-30)
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  • BLOG — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    on the east coast Presentation will provide overview of SITES program how residential project met standards and include a hands on demonstration activity on a sustainable landscape practice A site tour will follow the presentation Overview The property demonstrates a variety of ways to make the home landscape sustainable beautiful and fun 1 Storm water conveyances rain garden 2 green roof straw bale hut 3 drip irrigation 4 Reuse of construction materials and 5 recycled garden art The SITES program is ultimately about rebuilding a site s ecosystem services Sustainable Landscapes Give Back providing natural benefits that are essential to daily life like cleaning air and water reducing floods combating climate change and other natural benefits that support life on the earth Conventional landscape practices unintentionally often work against nature by ignoring reducing or eliminating beneficial ecosystem services Sustainable landscape practices rebuild and optimize natural system processes and in doing so begin to repair the web of life by restoring environmental and human health and well being one garden at a time Sustainable practices spotlight the following areas Water Soil Vegetation Material Selection and Human Health and Well Being The Christina Basin Pollution Control Strategy is designed to reduce the amount of nitrogen phosphorus and bacteria in the polluted waters of the Christina Basin which is made up of the Brandywine Christina Red Clay and White Clay watersheds SITES requires applicants to address control of pollutants of concern for project site watershed in this case the Red Clay Creek The Red Clay Creek is impaired in area of property for the above pollutants and the addition of sediment The property extensive storm water management BMP s and state of the art wastewater treatment systems serve to eliminate contribution of known basin pollutants into the Red Clay and ultimately the Christina Basin Presentation will explain design construction operations and maintenance responses that are adaptable and affordable at the residential project scale and reduce sources on non point pollutants into local waterways Biography Margot Taylor RLA PA DE Environmental Consultant Environmental Educator Margot Taylor utilizes her 29 years of experience in landscape architecture resource conservation and environmental education to design develop and manage an array of ecological restoration land management and environmental design and advocacy projects through her consulting practice Her expertise includes riparian and forest habitat restoration a holistic approach to land vegetation and soil resource management design of integrated and natural process based stormwater management systems design construction operations and management of sustainable landscapes and procedural and documentation requirements that meet the Sustainable Sites Initiative standards She has a Bachelor s of Science in Environmental Design a Master s level certificate in Education has taught landscape architecture at Temple University is a member of Delaware s Forest Stewardship Committee and an advisor for Kennett Township on resource conservation and best management practices through leadership roles as chair member on the Environmental Advisory Council and Red Clay Scenic By way Committee For kicks she mountain bikes kayaks and bows a Celtic

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