Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

Don Rush

The Nanticoke River has received a grade of C+ from an environmental group.

This is down from the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance report in 2015.

WBOC reports that the downgrade is probably due to localized rain fall during the summer and fall of 2016.

In addition, samples at the Transquaking River showed high bacteria levels than in the past indicating human activity including septic tank or other sewage leakage.  

Over 40 citizen scientists participated in the monitoring taking samples and measurements every other week from late March through early November.  

Nanticoke Wastershed Alliance

A new report by the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance found that the region is still suffering from high amounts of nitrogen.

In its new report Beth Wasden, volunteer and outreach coordinator with the Alliance, said there were some improvements in many of the sub-watersheds.

But this year the grades for them have fallen again.

WBOC reports that of the six areas there were four scores of F one D-Plus and one D.

Excess amounts of Nitrogen can cause algae blooms which eliminates the oxygen in the water.