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?
The Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund has been established to honor the late Mr. Cooch, or simply Ned, as he was known to family and friends. As an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of Delaware, Ned was one of the founders of the Christina Conservancy and a driving force behind the creation of the Christina River Watershed Cleanup.
See the Cooch Environmental Scholarship Guidelines for 2018
Contact the Christina Conservancy to Contribute to the Cooch Scholarship
Meeting Place: East end of F & N Shopping Center (behind Sweeney’s Bakery).
Meet for lunch at 11:30 AM!
Directions: Take I-95 or Route 141 to Route 202 North. Follow 202 and turn onto Route 92 / Naamans Road. Cross Grubb Road and then Foulk Road. Turn right into shopping center.
Meeting Place: Thompson’s Bridge Parking Area
Directions: Follow Route 202 / Route 141 to Route 100. Follow Route 100 and turn onto Route 92 / Thompsons Bridge Road. Turn into Brandywine Creek State Park.
Meeting Place: Pavilion B at the park. Volunteers will register then board a bus for a short ride to Stoney Point.
Directions from Points South: Take I-495 North to exit #4 Edgemoor Road and bear left on exit ramp. At stop sign, turn left onto Hay Road. Park entrance is 0.2 miles straight ahead.
Directions from Points North: Take I-495 South to exit #4B Edgemoor Road. At top of ramp, bear right onto Edgemoor Road. At first intersection, turn left onto Hay Road. Park entrance is 0.4 miles straight ahead.
Meeting Place: East 7th Street Park
Directions from 4th Street in Wilmington: Turn onto Swedes Landing Road. Make a right onto 7th Street. Follow the road towards the former Up the Creek Restaurant and stay right at the fork in the road. East 7th Street Park is on the right at the end of the road.
Meeting Place: On the boardwalk behind Joe’s Crab Shack (600 Justison Street). [Please park away from building as restaurant will open at 11:00 AM.] Volunteers will sign-in and be taken to Cleanup location by boat.
NOTE: Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for muddy, uneven ground.
Directions from Points South: Take I-95 North to Exit 6 in Wilmington and turn right onto Maryland Avenue. Follow signs to the Riverfront, turning right at the second traffic light onto Justison Street. Continue down Justison to the Joe’s Crab Shack parking lot, which will be located just past the Delaware Children’s Museum on the left.
Directions from Points North: Take I-95 South to Exit 6 in Wilmington (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). Turn left at the 4th traffic light onto Martin Luther King Boulevard. Turn right at the 4th traffic light onto Justison Street. Continue down Justison to the Joe’s Crab Shack parking lot, which will be located just past the Delaware Children’s Museum on the left.
Meeting Place: Newport Boat Ramp (Harvey Drive, Newport, DE 19804). Volunteers will sign-in and then board small boats for a 5-10 minute ride to location pictured.
NOTE: Please wear rubber boots or old sneakers appropriate for muddy, uneven ground.
Directions from Delaware 141 North: Take Exit 4 toward Newport / Stanton. Turn right at bottom of ramp onto East Market Street. Make first right onto South Walnut Street. Then make first right onto East Ayre Street. At second stop sign, turn left onto South James Street. Make next left onto East Water Street. Turn right onto Copper Drive. Make first left on onto Harvey Drive. Make next right onto Thomas Drive which will lead to boat ramp/parking area.
Directions from Points North: Follow I-95 South toward Wilmington. Take Exit 5B (DE Rt. 141 North – Newport). Follow directions from DE-141 North.
Directions from Points South: Follow I-95 North toward Wilmington and take Exit 5A (DE-141 South – New Castle/Newport). Merge onto Airport Road (signs for New Castle Airport). Go straight at first traffic signal. Turn left at second traffic signal onto DE-141 North. Follow directions from DE-141 North.
Meeting Place: Behind hotel at 365 Airport Road, New Castle, DE 19720
Directions from Points North: Follow I-95 South toward Wilmington. Take Exit 5A-5B for DE-141 North toward Newport. Take Exit 5A on the left for DE-141 South toward US-202 S/US-13/New Castle. Keep right at the fork and merge onto DE-141 S/US-202 S. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Airport Road. Hotel will be on the right.
Directions from Points South: Follow I-95 North toward Delaware Memorial Bridge / Wilmington. Take Exit 5A toward DE-141 S/U.S.202 S/New Castle/New Castle County Airport. Turn right onto Airport Road. Hotel will be on the right side.
Meeting Place: 606 Stanton-Christiana Road (just north of Routes 4 & 7 intersection)
Directions: Follow I-95 and take exit 4 towards Route 7 North. Follow Route 7 and turn right immediately after the Morgan Christiana Center at 500 Stanton-Christiana Road. Continue left past the White Clay Creek Medical Center. Hale-Byrnes House is on the left side.
Meeting Place: Near the intersection of Route 4 & Route 7, turn onto Stanton Christiana Road. Take the gravel road located to the right of the White Clay Creek Medical Center. Follow gravel and dirt road back about ½ mile to parking area near Marsh.
Directions from Points North: Take I-95 South to exit 4B for Delaware 58 N toward Delaware 7 N/Stanton/ Churchmans Crossing. Come up ramp and stay right to merge onto Route 58/Churchmans Road. Just past light at Del Tech, turn right onto ramp to Route 7 North. Follow Route 7 North approximately 1 mile to the second traffic light (by JP Morgan Chase – Christiana Center). Just past the light turn slight right onto Stanton Christiana Road (by the sign for Stanton Industrial Park). Make immediate right onto the gravel road located to the right of the White Clay Creek Medical Building. Follow the gravel and dirt road along the White Clay Creek back approximately ½ mile into the marsh area.
Directions from Points South: Take I-95 North to exit 4A for DE-7 S/DE-1 toward Christiana Mall Rd. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 4B, follow signs for Delaware 7 N/Churchmans Crossing and merge onto DE-1 N/DE-7 N. Follow Route 7 North approximately 1 mile to the second traffic light (by Morgan Christiana Center). Just past light turn slight right onto Stanton Christiana Road (just past the sign for Stanton Industrial Park). Make immediate right onto the gravel road which located on the right of the White Clay Creek Medical Building. Follow the gravel and dirt road along the White Clay Creek back approximately ½ mile into the marsh area.
Directions from Newark: Follow Route 273 East to Route 4 East (Ogletown-Stanton Road). Stay on Route 4 East past the Christiana Hospital and Abby Medical Center. Stay in the right lane and, at light by Morgan Christiana Center, turn left onto Route 4 East/Route 7 North. Almost immediately, make slight right onto Stanton Christiana Road (by the sign for Stanton Industrial Park). Make immediate right onto the gravel road located on the right of the White Clay Creek Medical Building. Follow the gravel and dirt road along the White Clay Creek back approximately ½ mile into the marsh area.
Meeting Place: End of Green Ridge Road
Directions: Follow Route 2, Route 4, or Route 273 and turn onto Harmony Road. Turn into the developments of Brookhaven and Sheffield Manor onto Green Ridge Road. Follow Green Ridge Road back to Brookhaven Park.
Meeting Place: Chambers House Nature Center (1475 Creek Road, Newark, DE 19711)
Directions: Follow Route 896 North / New London Road. Turn right onto Hopkins Road. Turn left onto Creek Road.
For further information and site specifics, call White Clay Creek’s Park Office at (302) 368-6900 or contact Van.Adams@state.de.us.
Meeting Place: City of Newark Municipal Building at 220 South Main Street
Directions: From I-95, take Exit 1B (Route 896 North / South College Avenue). Turn left at the third traffic light onto Christina Parkway and follow the road. Then turn right at the third traffic light onto Elkton Road / South Main Street. Turn left onto Veterans Drive, just past the Greene Turtle. The Municipal building will be the large building on the right.
For additional information and site specific details, please contact the City of Newark Parks and Recreation office at (302) 366-7000 x1047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting Place: Smalley’s Cove development
Directions: Follow Route 7 and turn onto Rivers End Drive. Turn right onto Smalleys Dam Road. Turn left onto Smalley’s Cove Street (last left before dead end). Follow street around bend, pass Dam, and look for open grassy area on the right.
Meeting Place: Off Old Baltimore Pike between Route 896 & Route 72
Directions from Points South: Follow DE-896 North. Turn right onto Old Baltimore Pike. Turn right onto Dayett Mills Road before railroad tracks.
Directions from Points North: Take I-95 South toward Wilmington. Merge onto South College Avenue / DE-896 South via Exit 1A toward Middletown. Turn left onto Old Baltimore Pike. Turn right onto Dayett Mills Road before railroad tracks.
Meeting Place: Community of Castlebar, Deasy Drive, Newark, DE 19702. Park along the curb between the retention pond and the playground.
FIT VOLUNTEERS with CHEST WADERS or hip boots are needed to target an area of old tires, many of which are buried, along Muddy Run. SHOVELS and PICKS may be useful in helping to remove tires from the mud.
Directions from Points South: Travel north and turn onto US-40 towards DE-72 North / Porter Road / Salem Church Road. Turn onto Salem Church Road northbound. Turn right onto Deasy Drive.
Directions from Points North: Follow I-95 South toward Wilmington. Take Exit 3 to merge onto DE-273 East. Turn right onto Old Baltimore Pike. Turn left onto Salem Church Road. Turn left onto Deasy Drive.
It is recommended that volunteers wear long sleeves and pants – ticks are very active already; boots or water resistant shoes, hats, and bring heavy duty gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Waders or hip boots are also useful for the City of Wilmington, Churchmans Marsh – Christiana, and Newport Boat Ramp sites.
NOTE: Due to insurance requirements, volunteers under the age of sixteen MUST have adult supervision.
All volunteers MUST wear life jackets when traveling on a boat.