Sign up for Christina River Cleanup on April 8

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.*

Click here to sign up

Gliding through rolling hills, farms and forests, large and small towns, the Brandywine, White Clay, and Red Clay Creeks, and Christina River constitute the watershed of the Christina River Basin, before continuing into the Delaware River.  This watershed provides more than 75% of the water supply for residents and businesses in New Castle County, Delaware.

The Christina River Watershed Cleanup’s mission has always been the removal of man-made debris from within this beautiful watershed, while raising public awareness for pollution prevention.  Since the Cleanup began in 1992, more than 360 tons of tires, appliances, household items, and other trash have been cleared from within the watershed.

Join hundreds of volunteers and help clean the single most important natural resource in our region!  A solid effort is needed each year to keep each of these waterways as free from debris as possible while also improving wildlife habitat.

Do you have a few hours to spend along Naamans Creek in northern Delaware?  How about you and your coworkers volunteering near I-95 within Churchmans Marsh?  What about a little time working near White Clay Creek, in Delaware or Pennsylvania?

* Please note the new ending time of 11:00 AM for the 2017 Cleanup *

Apply now for Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship

Edward Cooch

Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship
2017 Scholarship Guidelines

History

The Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund has been established to honor the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr. (1920-2010).
“Ned” as many of us knew him, was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of the State of Delaware.  In 1982 Ned was one of the founders of the Christina Conservancy which promotes the preservation and restoration of the natural and historic resources of the Christina River Watershed.  Ned was one of the driving forces and an inspiration for the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, which was started in 1992, and has removed hundreds of tons of trash from the watershed.  Ned was an active member of the Delaware community and demonstrated a deep commitment to the natural environment.

Award

This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one student, selected by the scholarship committee, who demonstrates the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life.

Eligibility

  1. Must be applying  to a properly accredited junior college, college, or university for the fall semester 2017;
  2. Must be a Delaware resident;
  3. Must be a senior in a Delaware high school or veteran of the U.S. armed services;
  4. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or greater;
  5. Must major in an environmental field of study;
  6. Must demonstrate a strong interest in water resources and the environment (example: participate in river cleanups, engage in school Eco-club projects, elect to take environmental classes, etc.). 

Selection Criteria
The recipient should possess a passionate interest in preserving, restoring and conserving water resources and the natural environment. This will be clearly communicated through described academic and career goals.

Deadline

All applications and supporting materials must be received by the Christina Conservancy Scholarship Committee at either the email address or mailing address listed below no later than April 15, 2017. Word and/or PDF files sent by email will be accepted by the due date.

Email Word or PDF files to: jrufft@gmail.com

Mail to:
Christina Conservancy Scholarship Committee
c/o Joanne Rufft
68 Shady Drive East
Newark, DE 19713

 

For questions or more information please contact:

Joanne Rufft at 302-763-6412 or jrufft@gmail.com

 

Selection

The recipient will be chosen by the Christina Conservancy Scholarship Committee.  The Committee does not discriminate by age, race, color, national origin, disability, creed, or gender. Family members of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible. The decision of the Committee is final.  

 

Notification of the winner will take place by the end of May 2017.  The Scholarship will be awarded in June 2017 at the Cooch Homestead.

To donate to the scholarship fund click on the link below:
Contact the Christina Conservancy to Contribute to the Cooch Scholarship

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