2021 Cooch Environmental Scholarship – Apply by April 15

2021 Scholarship Guidelines

The Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund was established to honor the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr. (1920-2010).  “Ned”, as many knew him, was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of the State of Delaware.  He was a founder of the Christina Conservancy, one of the driving forces for the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, and an active member of the Delaware community who demonstrated a deep commitment to the natural environment.

This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one Delaware resident selected by the scholarship committee who demonstrates the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life.  Applications are due by Thursday, April 15, 2021. Notification of the winner will take place by the end of May and the Scholarship will be awarded in June 2020. Click here for full scholarship guidelines and application instructions.

2020 Annual Meeting Nov 10th

On Tuesday, November 10th the Christina Conservancy held its annual meeting via Zoom, starting with a brief Board of Directors meeting at 6:30pm.

The program included an update on the lower Christina and Brandywine River Remediation, Restoration and Resilience (CBR4) project and featured a presentation on the Plant Species of the Christina River, by guest speaker and expert botanist William McAvoy from the DNREC Natural Heritage Program.

Mr. McAvoy’s presentation is available to view here. It highlights the unique plant species, conditions and threats to the Christina River as a freshwater tidal marsh.

Funds Awarded for Christina River

On September 9th, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Christina Conservancy will be awarded a grant from the 2020 Delaware River Watershed Conservation Fund. Almost $250,000 from this fund will support a multi-year effort to make the lower Christina and Brandywine Rivers in Wilmington fishable and swimmable.

The Christina Conservancy will use these funds to develop plans for the lower Christina & Brandywine River Remediation, Restoration and Resilience, or “CBR4“. Plans will include a cohesive vision, strategies and hands-on projects for addressing contamination and restoring fish and wildlife habitat in and around these rivers. The award is the result of a collaboration between the Christina Conservancy, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, BrightFields, Inc., Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and Sarver Ecological, with input and support from many others.

See the full press release here and learn more about CBR4 at http://www.christinaconservancy.org/cbr4/.

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