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

2020 Cooch Environmental Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Cole C. Palmer of Greenwood, Delaware!

Cole Palmer is the 2020 recipient of the Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship presented by the Christina Conservancy’s Board of Directors thanks to a fund established to honor one of its founders. Cole will be attending Delaware State University in the fall to study natural resources and fisheries management, after graduating from its Early College High School this spring.

Cole has an impressive academic record that includes college credits in Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science along with stellar grades and test scores.  He also has extensive volunteer experience, including stream sampling with the Delaware Nature Society, assisting USDA biologists with wildlife management (photo), cleaning up local waterways, and conducting fish surveys with DNREC.  Both his coursework and volunteer work demonstrate a deep commitment to and passion for the environment that started when he was a young child.

Please join us in recognizing Cole Palmer and honoring Edward W. Cooch, Jr. who was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of the State of Delaware.  Each year starting in 2012 this $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a student recognized by the scholarship committee who demonstrates the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life.  For more information on the scholarship, Cole’s award, and past scholarship participants see

To donate to the scholarship fund contact the

Thank You 2020 Cleanup Sponsors!

The Christina Conservancy thanks the following sponsors of the Christina River Watershed Cleanup in 2020:

Artesian Water
Delaware City Refinery
Sallie Mae
Delmarva Power
New Castle Conservation District
Keogh Contracting Company
Delaware Disc Golf
NSDAR Cooch’s Bridge Chapter

Although the April 4, 2020 Cleanup was canceled, we’re already looking ahead to 2021 and greatly appreciate your support!  Please check back later this year for additional information about the 2021 Christina River Watershed Cleanup here on the Christina Conservancy website or the Christina River Watershed Cleanup website.

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