Get the Dirt Out: Construction Site Monitoring Led by River Network
February 11, 2019 6:30-8:30
Hosted by: Pennypack Ecological Trust
2955 Edge Hill Rd.
Huntington Valley, PA 19006
Sediment run-off is a major cause of pollution of our creeks and streams. Especially in suburban and urban areas, sediment can carry many contaminants into waterways, causing problems for aquatic life and drinking water systems. One of the major sources of sediment run-off is from construction sites. While there are environmental practices that workers at construction sites are required to follow to prevent sediment run-off, they aren’t always adhered to. Join the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster Streamkeepers to learn how to be a construction site watchdog during this one-night class that uses materials developed by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper.
Free. Pre-registration required.
Contact : Kevin Roth email@example.com
Rain Garden Workshop
Saturday March 9, 2019
9000 Parkview Drive,
Free Event , Advance Registration Required
Donations are appreciated but not required.
This Rain Garden Workshop will teach you how to build and maintain a Rain Garden yourself and how to help build rain gardens in your community. You can sign up for later opportunities to gain hands on experience by helping build our late spring rain gardens or apprenticing by assessing potential locations and designing rain gardens. Presented by Darby Creek Valley Association, Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative and Hav-a-Rain Garden who have designed and built more than 60 rain gardens in the region at parks, libraries and private properties. Free,
Rain Gardens reduce flooding and storm water pollution, improving water quality in our streams and rivers for aquatic life and recreational users.
Build and maintain your own garden!
Help to Protect our Waterways!
What is a Rain Garden?
Beautiful landscaped areas built down, instead of up, intercepting runoff from buildings, driveways and other impervious surfaces before it can reach the storm sewers and streams. Small gardens are typically 6-12 inches deep and drain within a day or two after a rain. Plants are water and drought tolerant and need little or no watering after they are established..
This is a free event , advance registration is required
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.
Free event must preregister. Event is free donations are appreciated but not required.
In the second half of the workshop, she will review 5 gardens submitted by students and discuss what can be done to make it more pollinator friendly.
If you are interested in submitting your garden, please email the following to Julia no later than 1 week prior to the class: @ JLo@tylerarboretum.org
3 electronic photos of your garden area that shows what else is growing there, where it is located (ie. close to driveway, slope etc).
Description of your growing conditions: shady, sunny (minimum of 6 hours of direct sun), morning sun only, afternoon sun only; wet soil as it is a low spot; lots of trees
Selection will be based on the completeness of the submission and type of challenge.
Registration is required, this is a free event, donations are appreciated but not required.
Julia Lo Ehrhardt is the Community Outreach Manager at Tyler Arboretum and engages volunteers, interns and groups with mission related topics. She has over 28 years of experience in the public garden field which includes directing the Anderson Japanese Garden, directing the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, and managing outdoor horticulture at Baywood Greens and Longwood Gardens. She has also taught college level horticulture at Cecil Community College. Most recently, she was the Director of Visitor Experience at Mt. Cuba Center where she managed the tour programs and visitor services. Julia earned a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of British Columbia and a M.S. in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware, Longwood Graduate Program.