Saturday, April 14, 2018 — 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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?

Environmental Scholarship in Memory of
Edward ‘Ned’ Webb Cooch, Jr.

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 2017

Contact the Christina Conservancy to Contribute to the Cooch Scholarship

Naamans Creek

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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.



City of Wilmington

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.


Newport Boat Ramp

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 onto East Market Street.  Turn right at the 1st cross street onto South Walnut Street, and then turn right onto East Ayre Street.  Turn left at the 1st cross street onto South James Street and turn left onto East Water Street.  Turn right onto Copper Drive; turn left onto Harvey Drive; and turn right onto lane leading to boat ramp parking area.

Directions from Points North: Follow I-95 South toward Wilmington.  Take Exit 5A-5B to merge onto DE-141 North toward Newport.  Follow directions from DE-141 North.

Directions from Points South: Follow I-95 North toward Wilmington and take Exit 5A toward DE-141 S / New Castle County Airport.  Merge onto Airport Road (signs for New Castle Airport).  Turn left onto DE-141 N / US-202 N and continue to follow DE-141 North.  Follow directions from DE-141 North.

Airport Road Sheraton

Cleanup at Sheraton 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.

Churchmans Boat Ramp

Meeting Place: Boat ramp parking lot on Churchmans Road/DE-58, Newark, DE 19702


Directions from Points North: Take I-95 South to Exit 4B for DE- 58 N toward DE-7 N / Stanton / Churchmans Crossing.  At light, turn left onto Churchmans Road / DE-58 East.  Travel through 2 traffic lights, past Cavalier Apartments and County Commerce Office Park.  At the bottom of the hill, turn left into the boat ramp parking lot, located just before crossing the Christina River bridge.

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. Stay in the right lane and take the DE-58/Churchmans Rd exit on right. Go down ramp to light and turn left onto DE-58 E/Churchmans Rd. Travel through 4 traffic lights. At the bottom of the hill, turn left into the boat ramp parking lot located just before crossing the bridge over the Christina River.

Directions from Newark: Take DE-273 E/Ogletown Rd. Take the DE-4 ramp to Salem Church Rd. Turn left onto DE-4 E (signs for DE-273/Salem Church Rd). Go approximately 2 miles and Turn right onto DE-58 E (Just past Christiana Hospital near entrance to Delaware Park). Stay on DE-58/Churchmans Rd for about 2miles (you will pass Del Tech on your left and Cavaliers on your right). The boat ramp is at the bottom of the hill, turn left into the boat ramp parking lot, which is located just before crossing the bridge over the Christina River.

City of Newark Community Cleanup

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

Castlebar Park

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.


Information for Volunteers

It is recommended that volunteers wear brightly-colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, 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 Churchmans Marsh – Newport 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.