Annual Stream Watch 2019

  • Saturday, April 06, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


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 DCVA 15th Annual Stream Watch 

April 6, 2019 


Lunch will be provided 

Contact Alan Samel  for details and times

Come help us sample the macroinvertebrates in the creek! Stay for the whole time or show up at anytime.

We welcome volunteers who wish to learn the stream side and the laboratory techniques! In addition, we are meeting with local residents, schools, scout troops, etc. to encourage the groups to adopt sections of the stream for monitoring. DCVA is also working with interested groups to provide the required training, equipment and technical support to monitor the sites.

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 six locations on Darby Creek: Bartram Park in Darby, the Swedish Cabin in Upper Darby,Darby Creek Road in Haverford (downstream from the Haverford Reserve), Skunk Hollow in Radnor, the Brandywine Preserve at Waterloo Mills in Easttown, and the pump house next to the bridge on Newtown Road Berwyn, .  What a great way to meet others and learn more about Darby Creek!! 

Locations , directions and times :

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

The insects and bugs we collect provide a snapshot of the health of Darby Creek. This will be our 13th 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 at our Insect Identification Workshop, held in January/February, 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!  

·       8:30  Bartram Park - Off Lansdowne Ave just beyond the hospital, coming
from Drexel Hill or Havertown.   Turn at 14th Street.  The Park is off Chestnut

·       9:30 – Swedish Cabin – 9 Creek Road.  This site is off Burmont Road to Mary Street, make a left turn onto Mary St and follow signs to the cabin, at the end of the road.

·       10:30 Havertown -  Off Darby Creek Road; meet at bridge just below state

·       1:00 Skunk Hollow - Entrance to skunk hollow in Radnor is off of Darby Paoli Rd.  The gate is usually locked, so if people are coming, be patient, we will unlock the gate.  Please do not enter without us.

From Haverford, take blue route to  St.Davids/Villanova exit (exit 13...old exit 5) no matter which direction coming off blue route, take a left at end of ramp and go west on Rte 30 à go to next light and take a left (Radnor Chester Rd.) go to next light (Conestoga Rd) àcross Conestoga and take immediate dog leg to the right and road turns into Newtown Rd. àgo to dead end, Darby Paoli Rd and take left à go down about 1/4 mile and entrance to Skunk Hollow is on your right à park at gravel area at bottom on entrance

Coming from Haverford not on blue route à take Darby Rd to Rte 320, Sproul Rd à take a right at dead end à go to next light, Bryn Mawr Ave à take a left, and then as road goes down, take a right on first road, Darby Paoli Rd àwind around past Overbrook Golf Course on your right past big cow pasture on your left à just past Saw Mill Rd on your left is entrance to Skunk Hollow

·       2:00 Brandywine Conservancy – 860 S. Waterloo Road, Easttown, PA 19333

Darby Paoli Road (left turn out of Skunk Hollow) heading away from Bryn Mawr Avenue à Darby Paoli Road turns into Church Road à Waterloo Road is on the left à Turn left down the road to a parking lot and kiosk à from there, a trail leads down to the stream

  • 3:00 Pumping Station - 543 Newtown Rd, Berwyn, PA  19312 but that is the house next-door.  Facing 543 it’s the pump house on the right, next to the creek and bridge over Darby Creek.

Darby Creek Valley Association P.O. Box 732 Drexel Hill, PA 19026   |   Phone: 484.222.2502
Jaclyn Rhoads, President –

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