Delaware taxpayers can use a tax check-off to designate contributions to the White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Preservation Fund, which was created to protect and improve water quality of the White Clay Creek, Delaware’s only federally designated wild and scenic river.

Please help by making a contribution on your next tax return by checking White Clay Creek on line 17M, Resident Schedule III.

Not a Delaware resident? That's OK - you can still support projects that protect an important drinking water source -White Clay Creek - with a donation to the White Clay Creek Watershed Association.

Past projects:

Current and ongoing projects:

  • Delaware bacteria studies and water quality monitoring
  • Catch the Rain Program in Delaware 
  • Environmental education programming for Delaware schools
  • Educational signage and drinking water fountain for the new all inclusive park ‘Preston’s playground’ adjacent to the Newark reservoir. Newark residents rely on clean water from the Newark reservoir, yet many aren't aware that the White Clay Creek is the source of that drinking water. This is an effort to make that connection real. 

Potential projects:

  • Expand bacteria sampling and microbial source tracking to the White Clay main stem within the City of Newark to help the City with is MS4 Program and Bacteria TMDL requirements. 
  • Contribute to a ‘freshwater mussel bank’.  We already know freshwater mussels can survive in the White Clay based on preliminary research. Funding is currently being set a side for the purchase of mussel stock when the opportunity arrises to rebuild freshwater mussels beds in White Clay Creek.  
  • Benthic studies - There is limited data on benthic populations in the Delaware portion of the White Clay. Options are being explored to conduct more research.