In June of 1992, Maryland and Delaware conservation organizations reached across state lines in a formal agreement to create the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. In 1995, the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance decided to establish itself as a nonprofit organization and become a consortium, i.e. an organization of organizations. Almost forty organizations now belong to the NWA. Our partners are made up of foresters, industry, small business owners, government agencies, environmental groups, land trusts, realtors, academicians, fishermen, restoration groups, farmers, and citizen groups.
We are all working together because the Nanticoke River is endowed with outstanding abundance and diversity of wildlife, undisturbed land, and rural characteristics. The Nanticoke is a wonderful river for recreation, education, nature study, and simple solitude. It has a rich history of Native Americans, tall ships, steamboats, slave running, piracy, and the underground railroad. There are properties within the watershed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees on the Atlantic Coast are found within the Nanticoke’s watershed. The Nanticoke has the highest concentration of bald eagles in the northeastern United States. These characteristics must be preserved.