Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    • Monday, November 30, 2020

    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 2ndvp@dcva.org.

    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.

    • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • CREC 9000 Park View Rd. Havertown PA

    Citizen's Science :  Macroinvertebrate ID 

    w/ Derron Le Brake

    January 27 2018

    Start Time 12:00 - 2:30

    CREC 9000 Park View Rd. Havertown PA

    We welcome volunteers who wish to learn the laboratory techniques! 

    This event is geared towards our Citizen's Science Group to educate them macroinvertebrate identification and their significance of their presence, or lack of in the stream. While it is possible to measure water quality and water pollution, the animals in the creeks have much to tell us about water quality – they spend their entire lives in the creek. Macroinvertebrates ,animals without backbones that are macro- large enough to see with the naked eye have all been labeled as pollution tolerant, pollution sensitive, or facultative- meaning they can live in healthy or in impaired (polluted) environments. The collections are done in the spring at a variety of locations throughout the watershed.

    We welcome volunteers who wish to learn the stream side and the laboratory techniques! 

    The insects and bugs we  provide a snapshot of the health of Darby-Cobbs Creek and we  can identify the level of water quality for that section of the creek.  

    Please feel free to contact suedcva@gmail.com for more information about this event or the Citizen's Science. 

    Above picture credit to rndmbits.blog

    • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Haverford Recreation and Environmental Center, 9000 Parkview Rd., Haverford, PA
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    Rain Garden Workshop

    Saturday March 3 – 9am-Noon

    CREC, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford


     Free, Advance Registration Required

    This DCVA 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. Those who help build a rain garden will receive a few rain garden seedlings.  Register below or by emailing peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com

    Made possible by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant.  

    Rain Gardens reduce flooding and storm water pollution, improving water quality in our streams and rivers for aquatic life and recreational users.

    Bring on the Rain! The spring 2016 Garden near the headwater of Naylor’s Run is doing its job with room to spare while Prescott Road is underwater during a July 18 deluge.

    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.

    Business, School and Homeowner Partners Sought

    Request a rain garden or collaborate with us on integrating rain gardens into the STEM curriculum. This year we are emphasizing the Naylor’s watershed area and will give priority to requests from this area.

    Ask for a Rain Garden: Homeowners in Haverford and small businesses in the Naylor’s microwatershed who want a rain garden can contact havaraingarden@gmail.com (note if you are in the Naylor’s watershed area).  More information can be found at www.facebook.com/HaverfordRainGardens.

    Adopt a Rain Garden:  Businesses can “Adopt a Rain Garden” - maintain a public garden, build one on your property, become Hav-a-Rain Garden sponsors or contribute.  Email us to learn more about becoming a sponsor. 

    Landscapers, Landscape Designers, and Builders: The best way to learn is by doing.  Hav-a-Rain Garden invites landscapers, landscape designers and builders to come out and join us to learn what its all about. 

    Interns: College students and High School seniors seeking internships can help in a wide variety of ways, ranging from creating web-based design libraries to outreach to assisting in managing the program.

    Schools:  Integrate practical application of environmental science, math, geology and biology through teaching about, designing, building and maintaining rain gardens right in your own backyard. 

    Take Your Opportunity to Help!

    “Classic Runner” Driveway Absorbs 90% vs. Triple Wide Driveway with 90% of Runoff to Streams

    Every day new landscaped areas are built “up” instead of “down”, driveways and impervious patios are built or expanded and new homes and driveways are built creating more runoff and contributing to stream pollution and flooding.  Take the opportunity and improve our watershed – instead of degrade it. 

    Start a Rain Garden program in your town via a Hav-a-Rain Garden apprenticeship! 

    Build and maintain your own garden! 

     Help to Protect our Waterways!

    • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM

    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 9:00 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.

    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.

    • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    • 9:00 AM


    Our annual Watershed Wide Cleanup event in 2018 will take place on April 14th. 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.

    Exact address will be listed closer to the date


    Susan Miller ,  suedcva@gmail.com

    • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • CREC 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford, PA

    Haverford Home & Garden Show

               April 15 , 2017   

    10 am - 6pm

    HPED is excited to announce plans for the inaugural Haverford Home & Garden Show, which will be held on Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at the award-winning Community Recreation and Environmental Center (CREC) at Haverford Reserve, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford, PA 19041.

    The Haverford Home & Garden Show is hosted and organized by Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED).  The show will be a way to connect local businesses and residents at a fun community event, as well as to raise funds for the work of HPED.  The goals of HPED are to support local businesses, promote economic development, enhance the image of Haverford Township, and revitalize our business districts and public spaces.  HPED is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

    The Haverford Home & Garden Show will benefit HPED, Haverford Township, local businesses and the community in a variety of ways.  The show will allow us to serve a unique and significant sector of Haverford Township Businesses.  We know residents want to support local businesses, and we want to provide an opportunity for customers and businesses to connect face-to-face.  Vendor spots will first be offered to HPED members and Haverford Township businesses, but we will also include other regional sponsors and businesses.

    The Show will include a variety of vendors such as general contractors, plumbers, electricians, roofers, painters, lawn care providers, architects, interior designers, realtors, financial services such as banks, insurance companies, phone and internet services, and businesses that sell home improvement, gardening or landscaping products.

    There will be a marketplace where vendors can sell home and garden items such as garden tools, bird houses and bird feeders, fine art, plants, pillows and table linens, candles, antiques and gift items.  Throughout the day, a variety of presentations and classes will be scheduled on topics such as curb appeal, downsizing, container gardening, interior decorating, historic preservation, and green-friendly remodeling.  Make & Take workshops will be offered for visitors who want a hands-on experience.  Projects might include creating a terrarium, rewiring a lamp, making a wreath, canning or grilling techniques, or making a painting to take home.

    We expect the show to be a big success, drawing thousands of consumers from Delaware County and the Main Line.  We have an amazing pool of potential customers who would love to attend a home show in their community and to shop local.

    For information on show sponsorship and vendor opportunities, download the Sponsor/Vendor Request Form.

    If you have questions, or want to get involved, contact HPED’s Business Development Manager Jeanne Angell at jangell@hped.org.

Past Events

Saturday, January 13, 2018 Stream Watch Macroinvertebrate ID w/ Alan Samel
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 EAC LOCAL SUMMIT
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Philly Fall Nature Festival
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Conquering Your EV/Plug-In Fears
Sunday, October 01, 2017 2017 Canoe/Kayak Race
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Understanding Climate Change
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Members Only Wine and Cheese Event
Sunday, August 20, 2017 Volunteers needed to help make space for the Native Pollinator Flowers
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Volunteers needed to help make space for the Native Pollinator Flowers
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Board Meeting
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Outreach Volunteer Opportunies
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Volunteers needed to help make space for the Native Pollinator Flowers
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Summer Solstice Festival
Saturday, May 20, 2017 11th Delaware County Environmental Summit
Sunday, May 07, 2017 STREAM WALK
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Collenbrook Invasive Removal
Saturday, April 29, 2017 33rd Darby Creek/ Cobbs Creek Watershed Cleanup is April 29 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Darby Creek Clean UP at Heinz Refuge
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Annual Stream Watch 2017
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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