DCVA is looking for additional volunteers to become part of DCVA's Citizen Scientist Monitoring Team.
DCVA is a partner watershed organization within the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster that is part of William Penn Foundation's Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI). DCVA received some funding from William Penn Foundation to monitor water quality with Citizen Scientists in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. That work will continue in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Together with our Citizen Scientist water quality monitors DCVA is monitoring water quality at 13 locations in Cobbs Creek and Naylor’s Run, in Upper Darby and Haverford Townships. DCVA used some of those funds to purchase a hand-held water quality meter, microscopes and aquatic insect (macroinvertebrate) sampling equipment. DCVA also received a supplemental grant from The Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS) at Drexel University to identify and count the macroinvertebrates we collected during 2014, 2015 and 2016. Those data are being submitted to ANS where they are being rolled up into a huge database of water quality information from throughout the Delaware River Watershed. The ANS has a publicly available web application that allows anyone to view the data that has been collected as part of the DRWI effort.
The monitoring currently consists of collecting and identifying aquatic insects (macroinvertebrates) annually from all 13 locations. The types and numbers of insects we find tell us a lot about the water quality at those sample locations. DCVA collects quarterly water samples that are analyzed for (chloride, nitrate-nitrogen, ortho-phorphorus, total phosphorus, and total dissolved solids), our Citizen Scientist Volunteers visit the 13 locations every other month and field analyze the water (using kits) for chloride, dissolved oxygen, nitrate nitrogen, total phosphorus, temperature, and pH, and on the months when our Volunteers are not assessing water quality, DCVA is visiting each location and assessing the water quality using a multi-meter to measure similar water quality parameters.
DCVA will continue this monitoring program through 2018, 2019, and 2020 with funding we will be receiving from William Penn Foundation, and our monitoring program is going to expand. The expanded monitoring is going to include installing “bank-pins” to monitor bank erosion, water depth and flow monitoring meters, one or possibly three “real-time” water quality monitoring stations, and possibly more if we can find the capacity within our organization. To expand the monitoring program, DCVA is looking for additional volunteers to become part of DCVA's Citizen Scientist Monitoring Team. If you are interested in joining DCVA's team of Citizen Scientists please email Derron LaBrake at email@example.com.
As part of the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster’s efforts to collect more and some higher quality data the Cluster Partners have scheduled training sessions for our Citizen Scientists. The training is first rate and will be conducted by experts in those fields, who will explain how to collect the information and what it will be used for. This is an opportunity to learn something new, collect data first-hand, and gain new insights and understandings about streams, creeks, water quality and the health of a couple of our local creeks. Here are the training events that the Cluster Partners have scheduled for the remainder of 2017 and some of ones we have planned for 2018, with more to come. All of DCVA's Citizen Scientist Volunteers will need to attend the training session that is specific to the type of monitoring that they want to help DCVA with. All of the training sessions are free and will be conducted by experts in those fields.
This is a great opportunity for you to get in the creek, take samples, work with the samplers, and see what is living in Darby Creek. We take samples from five locations on Darby Creek: Bartram Park in Darby, Darby Creek Road in Havertown (downstream from the Haverford Reserve), Skunk Hollow in Radnor, the Brandywine Preserve at Waterloo Mills in Easttown, and the Swedish Cabin in Upper Darby. What a great way to meet others and learn more about Darby Creek!!
We plan to start at 8:30 and hope to finish around 3:00. People come to all sites and people help out at some sites. Anyone with an interest can come when they can. Please contact Alan Samel at firstname.lastname@example.org
The insects and bugs we collect provide a snapshot of the health of Darby Creek. This is the ninth year of intense sample collections and identifications. From this long-term sampling, a trend of the stream health at each site has been determined. Each year we compare our findings from the water quality determinations from the previous years. It’s a way of getting the big picture from a lot of very small bugs! But getting into the stream and collecting the bugs is only part of the stream watch program.
The next step will be to identify the bugs pulled from the stream. We then can identify the level of water quality for that section of the creek. The Insect Identification Workshop will be scheduled for this coming fall. Please check the DCVA web-site for more information as we get closer to this time.
Community Environmental Series
Making a Difference Through Green Infrastructure
May 9, 2018
6:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Haverford CREC 9000 Parkview Road Haverford, PA
EAC’s, municipalities, and any one interested in clean water and environmental health is welcome to attend.This series of programs is to provide knowledge to local municipalities, EAC’s and individuals to collaborate on environmental concerns, laws, and solutions .
“Storm Water and Green Infrastructure ”
Presented by: Paul Racette- Pennsylvania Environmental Council– Program Manager
“ What is MS4?”
Presented by: Jamie Anderson—Coordinator for the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative
"How Pennypack Creek Watershed and Their Municipalities
Addressed Flooding Through Green Infrastructure."
Presented by: Derron LeBrake– VP DCVA, Principle at Wetlands & Ecology
“ How to Start a Rain Garden Program”
Presented by: Peter Puglionesi– DCVA Board Member , Haverford EAC
Room is Limited
For more information contact : Sue Miller email@example.com
Create Upland and Wetland Meadows for Pollinators
Saturday May 12 9-12
Friday May 18 9-12
Sunday May 20 12 -3
Saturday May 26 12-3
May 12, 18 ,20
Saturday May 26
Contact: Anna Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Derron LaBrake email@example.com
Community and Master Watershed Steward credits approved.
WHERE: SACRED HEART ACADEMY
480 S. BRYN MAWR AVE
BRYN MAWR, PA 19010
(The wetlands are attached to this property)
SIGN IN: School parking lot. Community and Master Watershed Steward credits approved.
Bring you own equipment: shovels, hand pruners, garden rakes,loppers, saws, string weed .
Wear: Hats, long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots. There is poison ivy, ticks.,
red clover Meadow Mixes. Plant small areas of native/pollinator attracting herbaceous plants.
Manually Remove small areas of invasives,. Cut vines.
Passion For Pollinators
May 22, 2018
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
This is a free event, donations are appreciated but not required.
photo by Rachael Winslow
Faith Kuehn and Thalia Pappas are passionate about pollinators. As scientists they have developed expertise in the relationship between pollinating insects and the plants that both feed and depend on these insects. Drs. Kuehn and Pappas will talk about their passion for pollinators and how you can create habitat for pollinators no matter how small or large your space. From their work with Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan they have developed widespread knowledge of diverse projects designed for pollinator health. Whether you are a homeowner, farmer, or active community member, this interactive program will help you learn about specific project ideas that can get you started on planting native flowers, shrubs and trees that will beautify your property and support pollinators.
Thalia’s current assignment is as a consultant for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, working with Faith Kuehn and Chris Wade to help achieve the goals for Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan. She worked for DuPont Agricultural Products, in research and discovery roles (environmental fate of pesticides, and rice global herbicide discovery program leader), followed by an assignment as a global regulatory manager leading registration teams, and negotiations with regulators to obtain permission to sell commercial Ag. Chem. Products. In her last assignment, she worked in the Industrial BioSciences business as a regulatory manager developing and executing compliance strategies for bio-based chemicals and polymers. Thalia received a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Plant Physiology, a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Delaware.
Since October 2001, Faith B. Kuehn has served as Environmental Program Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries. Specific program responsibilities include nursery, apiary, noxious weeds, and invasive species. In 2006, the Department received a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant to catalog native bees in Delaware’s vegetable production areas and work with farmers to establish bee conservation practices on their farms. In 2010, Faith began a project to develop community and therapeutic gardens at the State’s Holloway Campus, and Delaware Psychiatric Center. This project has grown to become Planting Hope Urban Farm, with a Campus Market, CSA, Planting Hope Apiary and a program with and Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center. In 2015, she received a grant from the USDA to develop and implement Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan. In 2017, together with a Delaware farm family, she received a SARE grant to establish pollinator buffers on their poultry farm. Faith represents Delaware on the National Plant Board.
Faith earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Arizona in 1984, and an M.B.A from the University of Delaware in 1994. Before coming to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Faith worked as Museum Director for the Insectarium in Philadelphia; and in Research, Development, Marketing, and Technical Support positions within E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.’s Crop Protection Division.
Sunday June 10 12:00-3:00
Saturday June 23 9:00-12:00
Saturday June 30 9:00-12:00
Sunday June 10
Saturday June 23
Sunday June 30
June 24, 2018
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Cusano Educational Center
8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
High tide is at 11:16 A.MRegistration: 10 A.M. - 10:50 A.M.
Mass start is at 11 A.M.
$20 Pre-Registration Fee/person
$25 Registration at event / Person
Please register and fill out the following forms; either email to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring with you day of race.
2018 Darby Creek Spring Race Registration Form.pdf
Spring 2018 USCA Waiver Release form Interactive.pdf
Non Participants are encouraged to come out and cheer others on. A lunch will be held afterwards for participants . Non participants may join the luncheon for a small fee.
Darby Creek Race Course starting at Cusano Education Center- (1).jpg
Race Organizer: Sue Miller suedcva.org
**Bring your own Canoe or Kayak to participate.
Sunday July 15 12:00-3:00
Saturday June 28 9:00-12:00
Saturday Aug 11 9:00-12:00
Saturday Aug 25 9:00-12:00
July 15 , 28 , Aug 11, 25
Sept 9, 2018
401 Swarthmore Ave.
Ridley Park, PA 19078
High tide is at 12:45 P.MRegistration: 12 P.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Mass start is at 1 P.M.
2018 Darby Creek Fall Race Registration Form.pdf
2018 USCA Waiver Release form Interactive.pdf
Darby Creek Race Course starting at Ridley Marina- (1).jpg