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70-CAPE GAZETTE, day, sePtember 13 .September 19 , 1996 .... Volunteer spirit alive and kicking Today {Friday, Sept 13] is a our waters, of Delaware's Sea Grant Marine red letter day for Delaware's In- land Bays. Dignitaries and resi- dents will gather at Crabber's Cove for a fundraiser for a new program, the Friends of the Inland Bays. The program is designed to de- velop a constitency of loyal, lov- ing people who care passionately about the bays. Some of those on hand have spent most of the last two decades trying to shepherd the bays. Yet, people often feel helpless in the face of environmental prob- lems. It doesn't have to be so. Here are two programs which re- quire little skill, only a small amount of time and a minimum of training. Both are successful programs which monitor the waters of Delaware. From White Clay Creek to Little Assawoman Bay, the programs have uncovered pol- lution, discovered low oxygen levels and even found illegal dumpers We're discussing stream watch and the volunteer monitoring pro- gram of the inland bays. Illegal dumping is far more dramatic than the usual fare for the volunteers. They're more likely to test for dis- solved oxygen or check for trash. Still, it's a vital role being per- formed by hundreds of Delaware- ans. Pearl Burbage, an environ- mental scientist with the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said more and more people are becoming in- volved with Stream Watch. She 0UTOOORS said the program has boosted en- vironmental awareness, especially in the schools. "Hopefully, the next generation will be more careful than our pre- sent one," Burbage said. "There are more and more people that have been touched by this." Stream Watch operates statewide with volunteers asked to monitor a waterway at least once a year. They look for sewer dis- charges, trash, discolored or bad smelling water, erosion and other potential problems Many of the volunteers are in the schools. Barcroft, DuPont, Mountairre, Draper King Cole and Perdue are among the corpo- rate sponsors who help support the program. They help provide funding for programs at Rehoboth Elementary and Cape Henlopen High School and Selbyville Mid- dle School. Teachers like Rob Schroeder and Terry Bolick run programs to teach students about But adults are also a big part of the program. There have been 148 "adoptions" of waterways, espe- cially in New Castle County. But there is still room in lower Delaware with only two Stream Watchers in Indian River and only three in Rehoboth Bay. Contrast that to 17 for Red Clay Creek alone. Techniques, taught in a three hour session, allow the novice Stream Watcher to look for signs of trouble, check factors like pH or search for aquatic life. Burbage said you don't need a boat or expertise. All you really need to do is share a little time, she said. "You don't have to be a scientist." The Citizen Monitoring Pro- gram is different, yet very much like the fn'st program. Major dif- ferences are that volunteers are asked to check pH and other indi- cators every week or two in a few simple tests that can be quickly completed. The program is also limited to the inland bays. The program began in 1990 and the results have been used for oth- er practical efforts, such as a pro- gram testing the success of clam re-seeding efforts in the bays. The program also sponsored at least one major community effort, that being an effort to help South Bethany consider the impact of stormwater runoff. That effort has been used to develop a plan tO help the town deal with stormwa- ter in its extensive system of small canals. Joe Farrell with the University Advisory Service said that there are now 20 sites being monitored in the bays, but he would like to see 20 to 30 monitored. To learn more about Stream Watch and upcoming workshops, contact Linda Stapleford, Delaware Nature Society Stream Watch Coordinator, or Connie Lo- gothetis, Stream Watch Assistant at the Nature Society's Ashland Center (302)-239-2334. Messages may also be left at the Nature So- ciety's other facility, Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford (302) 422-0847. A slide presenta- tion can be arranged for groups. Anyone wishing to join the Citi- zen Monitoring Program can con- tact Joseph Farrell at 645-4250. Dewey tourney coming The Second Annual Dewey Beach Surf Fishing Tournament is barely one week away. Last year's first event found exceptionally nice fishing with hundreds of fish caught and most of the fish re- leased unhurt. The tournament en- courages fishermen to release their catch alive and unhurt, a practice which is growing more and more widespread. The tournament for individuals and families will be coordinated by the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen Inc., in cooperation with the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and the town of Dewey. It is spon- sored by the Starboard Restaurant and by Old Inlet Bait and Tackle. Continued on page 71 "When I go to college, I'm going to read all about home in the Cape Gazette." Going off to college can be exciting and frightening. Remind your son or daughter every week that home turf provides a good anchorage. 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