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2013 Nanticoke River Report Card Released

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SEAFORD, Del. - The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance released the 2013 Nanticoke River report card and while the overall score was higher than 2012, some areas need major improvement.

The river itself received a C+ while its tributaries received a B-. The report noted that oxygen levels were very good, but nitrogen levels were excessive.

Marcia Wahler lives on the river in Seaford, and she said she hopes something will be done to maintain the water's quality.

"I think it has a major impact especially if people are wanting to live or build here im sure they would want the water quality the best possible," she said.

While the overall change was a positive one from 2012, that is not the case in Seaford. The upper Nanticoke alone received a C+ for the first time since 2008, its lowest score yet. It is due to diminished water clarity. Alliance representative Beth Wasden said boats have a lot to do with that.

For the city of Seaford, keeping the river clean is important, especially for the annual Riverfest. City Manager Dolores Slatcher said they have evaluated steps to help.

"If you slow down the boating traffic then you take away the recreational opportunity," she said. "I think it's everybody's part to be cognizant of how important the river is to both the city of Seaford as well as the town of blades, to the marina and the other activities and also to the commerce along the Nanticoke River."

Wasden said the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance will host living shoreline workshops early next year and have already been working on the "Reclaim the River" project in the Delaware portion of the watershed. To see the report, click here.

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