Delaware's streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes are precious resources for drinking water and recreational uses such as fishing, boating, and swimming. Our waterways provide habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.
There's a problem, though . . .
Our state's waters are degraded by wastewater discharges and stormwater runoff carrying pollutants into them. Many stream banks are abused by the dumping of trash, grass clippings and other gardening debris, unwanted appliances, and even automobile parts. Poor management of adjacent lands further impairs habitat quality for water life. Our waters need to be better protected, and you can help!
We offer a wide range of volunteer activities, suitable for all ages and abilities, and we'd like to help you become involved at any level you wish.
As you wander through our site, you'll find many opportunities and resources. As soon as you find something that appeals to you, you'll have e-mail links and other resources that will help you contact us to volunteer or request additional information. We're looking forward to meeting you and introducing you to Delaware's Stream Watch family!
Delaware Stream Watch is a grassroots volunteer waterway protection program focusing on citizen involvement through monitoring, education, and advocacy. Stream Watch is co-sponsored by the Delaware Nature Society and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Control (DNREC), representing a unique partnership of government, environmental interests, and industry.