Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Darby Creek

    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: Starting at Bartram Park in Darby, and working our way up stream trough Upper Darby ( Swedish Cabin),  Havertown (downstream from the Haverford Reserve), Skunk Hollow in Radnor,  and finishing at Waterloo Mills off Waterloo Road. The sampling starts at 8:00 am at Bartram Park. We will take a lunch break at the Haverford Rec Center and then finish off. What a great way to meet others and learn more about Darby Creek!! 

    This is always a lot of fun.  It is a great way to meet folks with similar interests and discuss what we see while taking samples.  The best part is going into the stream and seeing what we get, firsthand.  Don’t forget to bring your waders.  I have a couple extra pairs, but no promises.  First come, first serve!

    The insects and bugs we collect provide a snapshot of the health of Darby Creek.  This is the 10th 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. 

    Please let us know if you are attending so we can estimate for lunch.

    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 Contact: Alan Samel at alan.samel@verizon.net


    • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum

    Did you know that Darby Creek drains to the Delaware River, where Philadelphians get their drinking water everyday? Come help keep your Refuge and your watershed clean at our annual Darby Creek Cleanup Day!

    Please contact Erika at erika_scarborough@fws.gov for questions and group registrations.

    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Darby Creek, PA

    Our annual Watershed Wide Cleanup event in 2017 will take place on April 29th.   It will take place at approximately 30 sites spread over the entire watershed including Darby Creek, Cobbs Creek, Naylor’s Run, Muckinpatis Creek, Ithan Creek and the various small streams that feed these named creeks.  The event will begin at 9:00 AM and continue until 12 noon.  As in the past we will be working in 31 municipalities that cover the watershed from East Town, Chester County thru all the sites in Delaware County following the Creek as far South as Norwood Borough at the Morton Morton House.  We will also be cleaning the Cobbs Creek from Haverford Township heading South thru Upper Darby, Millbourne and Philadelphia to Eastwick.

    CONTACT: 

    David Bennett,  dster21@comcast.net  (484)222-2502 Cleanup Committee Chair

    Click here for locations: 2017 locations.xlsx

    This will be our second year at the site in Eastwick beginning at the northeastern border of the Clearview Landfill and heading up the Cobbs as far as Island Avenue.  We have a new crew working at the Bell Tavern on Main Street at the Cobbs Creek Parkway led by the Clean Air Council of Philadelphia.  We also hope to clean farther up the Cobbs in the vicinity of the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center at 63rd and Catharine St. in Philadelphia.

    There will also be a separate cleanup event at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, which DCVA partners with, on April 15th, 2017 led by the Refuge Staff and the Friends of John Heinz.  They always need to hold their event at a time when the tide is at its lowest level on a Saturday in order to access the stream and marsh banks. 

    We are supported by the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, Delaware County Maintenance District of Penn DOT, The Delaware County Conservation District, and the City of Philadelphia.  We also receive wonderful support from most of our individual municipalities, generous individuals, and our numerous volunteers.

    We will have a Web Page up and running on the DCVA Website later on this winter but for the time being we need to get our ducks in a row with up to date information.  In the meantime, please contact me, David Bennett, Chairman of the 2017 DCVA Cleanup with any questions you may have.  Please do not contact our President, Jaclyn Rhoads or any other officers because they will need to refer questions to me anyway.

    I want to invite any interested folks to volunteer.  We can always use more help.  Also, we need volunteers to take photographs of the people and the creek and the trash and send them back to us.

    At your service

    David Bennett,  dster21@comcast.net   (610) 626-1344 Cleanup Committee Chair

    Earl Wilson, Vice Chair (Eastwick Captain)                           


     


    • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
    • 116


    "Protecting Open Space and Improving Park Lands”

    This summit is for individuals, groups, municipal, elected and appointed officials, and other environmental organizations that want to work together to strategize on ways to protect open space and improve parks in our communities. 

    Growing Greener III leaders and Trust for Public Land are invited speakers to talk about state-wide and local initiatives.

    Round Table sessions will focus on ways that we can work together and the summit will conclude with a consensus platform for pursuing reforms in Delaware County.

    To register for this FREE event 

    Please bring a cup to reduce waste. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge, and tabling opportunities are available, if reserved.  Contact Jaclyn Rhoads at 267-221-5274 or jmd61@psu.edu for more information





Past Events

Saturday, March 18, 2017 Rain Garden Workshop
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Public Meeting on LittLe Flower Estate
Saturday, February 18, 2017 ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Insect Identification Workshop
Sunday, September 11, 2016 2016 Darby Creek Canoe/Kayak Race
Friday, September 09, 2016 Darby Creek Canoe Ramble
Sunday, June 05, 2016 Haverford Heritage Festival
Saturday, April 23, 2016 2016 Darby Creek Clean-Up
Saturday, April 16, 2016 13th Annual STREAM WATCH
Friday, April 15, 2016 Deadline and Instructions for articles for the spring issue of The Valley
Saturday, February 27, 2016 DCVA Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Insect Identification Workshop
Thursday, December 17, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Monday, November 23, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Saturday, October 24, 2015 Tree Planting at Morton Morton House
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Sunday, September 20, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Darby Creek Ramble
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Sunday, September 13, 2015 2015 Darby Creek Canoe and Kayak Race
Sunday, September 13, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Monday, August 17, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meering
Thursday, June 25, 2015 Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meering
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 Technical Working Group of Eastwick CAG
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Raingarden Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, May 09, 2015 Surrey Senior Spring Fling!
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Darby Creek Clean-Up
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Stream Watch
Sunday, April 12, 2015 Come listen to our little harbingers of spring
Saturday, March 14, 2015 Cobbs Creek and Naylors Run Water Quality Sampling
Saturday, February 28, 2015 Regional Trail Summit: Saturday February 28th, 9-11:00 AM at Haverford Community Recreation and Environmental Center in Haverford Reserve.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition: Stormwater Info, Insights and Outreach
Monday, February 23, 2015 New opportunities for public involvement in Municipal Stormwater Management Programs
Saturday, January 24, 2015 DCVA ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, December 13, 2014 Insect Identification Workshop
Sunday, December 07, 2014 Trim a Tree Party at Swedish Cabin
Saturday, October 18, 2014 DCVA Board Meeting
Saturday, September 13, 2014 DCVA Thirtieth Anniversary Picnic at Heinz Refuge
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