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(From left) David Jones, Deborah Jones, Erin Jones, Joanne Rufft, Robert McDowell, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Newark High School

(From left) David Jones, Deborah Jones, Erin Jones, Joanne Rufft, Robert McDowell, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Newark High School

NEWARK – On June 8, 2013, the Christina Conservancy Board, members of the Christina River Cleanup Committee, members of the Cooch family, and others celebrated the awarding of the 2013 Edward W. (Ned) Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship to Erin Jones of Newark, Delaware.

Joanne Rufft, Board member and chairman of the Scholarship Committee said, “This year, Erin was the best of thirteen applicants.  Our numbers have increased each year.  Erin has outstanding qualifications for this scholarship.  She is the valedictorian of the Newark High School Class of 2015 and has exhibited leadership in school, her community, and her church. Her academic and environmental achievements are balanced by her interest in dancing and chorus through which she has competed locally and regionally.”

The Edward W. (Ned) Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund was established in 2011 to honor  the late Ned Cooch’s passion for the natural lands and water resources of Delaware and his active involvement in the Delaware community as a whole.  Ned’s environmental fervor led him to be one of the founders of the Christina Conservancy and a driving force and inspiration behind the creation of the Christina River Watershed Cleanup in 1992 which has removed thousands of tons of trash and debris from the watershed in the ensuing years.  The scholarship is sponsored by the Christina Conservancy and its affiliate, the Christina River Watershed Cleanup Committee.

PDF of Press Release: CoochScholarship2015

 

Asian bittersweetOctober 9, 2014 –  Volunteers wanted for Out With Invasives 3, an event to remove aggressive, non-native plants at Peterson Marsh and DuPont Environmental Education Center on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00-11:00 a.m. The event is sponsored by The Christina Conservancy, Christina River Watershed Cleanup Committee, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and Delaware Invasive Species Council. Everyone age 14 and older is welcome; participants under 16 require adult supervision and volunteers under 18 require a parental consent form. Link to PDF of news release

    • This event will focus on cutting or removing some rapidly spreading pest plants like Asian bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, Phragmites, and purple loosestrife.  These plants cause serious ecological harm at the expense of native species and wildlife habitat. Volunteers will work in small crews with an experienced leader. There will also be an opportunity to plant native wetland plants.WHAT will be provided: Gloves, some hand tools, trash bags, and water.
      WHAT to bring: Hand clippers, branch loppers, your favorite garden gloves, small hand saws (if available), and hand trowels for plantings. Waterproof boots or “mud sneakers” are a must! (Volunteers with waders/hip boots will be pulling purple loosestrife that is too far from the boardwalk to reach).
      WHERE to meet: Cross the footbridge to the DuPont Environmental Education Center* and go down to the bottom of the stairs. This event is rain or shine so dress for the weather.

 

Left to right:  'Conrad Rice, Science Teacher, Wilmington Charter School, Jeffrey Chang, Joanne Rufft

Left to right: ‘Conrad Rice, Science Teacher, Wilmington Charter School, Jeffrey Chang, Joanne Rufft

June 5, 2014 – The Board of Directors of The Christina Conservancy (Board) is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Chang, from Wilmington, Delaware, has been awarded the 2014 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship.  On June 5, 2014, members of the Christina Conservancy Board, members of the Christina River Cleanup Committee, members of  the Cooch family and others  met to celebrate the awarding of the $1,000 scholarship to Jeffrey Chang, a student at the Wilmington Charter School, for his outstanding interest and accomplishments in environmental studies, especially as they relate to water quality.  PDF of news release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Dennis Palmer, president, WRA DRB, Lorraine Fleming, and Mike Riska, retired executive director, Delaware Nature Society.

Left to right: Dennis Palmer, president, WRA DRB, Lorraine
Fleming, and Mike Riska, retired executive director, Delaware
Nature Society.

May 9, 2014 – Lorraine Fleming honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin. Fleming was given the award “for her lifetime of sound environmental leadership and stakeholder collaboration in preserving, protecting and improving Delaware’s natural habitats: land, air, wetlands, and water.”
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