Brief History of Darby Creek Valley Association (DCVA)

Founded in 1984, DCVA is a nonprofit watershed organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in and around the Darby Creek watershed by restoring and protecting its natural, historical, and cultural resources. 

A major goal of DCVA is the immediate prevention of all forms of pollution in the Darby Creek and its tributaries, including a prohibition against all forms of dumping and construction within floodplain zones and maintenance of a debris-free stream through clean-ups and expanded public education program.

DCVA has worked energetically to support the protection of historic properties, such as the Swedish Cabin and Blue Bell Inn, and has as its ultimate goal the development of a 30-mile greenway system to serve this Watershed’s many highly urbanized communities. DCVA, with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”), also supports a volunteer water quality monitoring program. DCVA continues to work energetically with public and private schools, the Delaware County library system, the Delaware County Environmental Network, the Philadelphia Water Department and the Darby-Cobbs Partnership, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary(formerly Delaware Estuary Program), the Delaware County Historical Society, the Stroud Water Research Center, the Philadelphia Water Department (“PWD”), and Aqua Pennsylvania(formerly known as Philadelphia Suburban Water Company).

Read about our most recent projects and impacts in our Annual Report.

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

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