Darby Creek Watershed

The Darby Creek watershed, including Cobbs Creek which is a major tributary, encompasses 123 linear miles of streams. The watershed drains through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and into the Delaware River, and is part of the Delaware River Watershed.




Photographs By Susan Miller
  
 

FLOW FACTS:

Area: 78 square Miles

Population within Watershed: Approximately 500,000 people

DEP STREAM DESIGNATIONS/ USES:

Stream Segment Designation, Use
Darby Creek Main Stem, Source to PA 3 Bridge Cold Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Unnamed Tributaries to Darby Creek Basins, Source to PA 3 Bridge Cold Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Little Darby Creek Basin Cold Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Camp Run Basin Cold Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Miles Run Basin Cold Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Foxes Run Basin Cold Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Darby Creek Non-Tidal Portion of Main Stem, PA 3 Bridgeto Mouth Trout Stocking Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Unnamed Tributaries to Darby Creek Non-Tidal Portions of Basins, PA 3 Bridgeto Mouth Warm Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Whetstone Run Non-Tidal Portions of Basin Warm Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Cobbs Creek Non-Tidal Portions of Basin Warm Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Hermesprota Creek Non-Tidal Portions of Basin Warm Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Muckinipattis Creek Non-Tidal Portions of Basin Warm Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes
Stony Creek Non-Tidal Portions of Basin Warm Water Fishery, Migratory Fishes

Counties: Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia

CHESTER COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES:

Tredyffrin Twp., Easttown Twp.

DELAWARE COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES:

Radnor Twp., Newtown Twp., Marple Twp, Haverford Twp., Upper Darby Twp., Springfield Twp. Millbourne Borough, Lansdowne Borough, East Lansdowne Borough, Clifton Heights Borough, Morton Borough, Aldan Borough, Darby Borough,  Yeadon Borough, Collingdale Borough, Darby Twp., Rutledge Borough, Ridley Twp., Ridley Park Borough, Prospect Park Borough, Glenolden Borough, Sharon Hill Borough, Colwyn Borough, Folcroft Borough, Norwood Borough, Tinicum Twp.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES:

Lower Merion Twp., Narberth Borough, Philadelphia County: City of Philadelphia

What is a Watershed?

fig. 1

A watershed is a land area that channel rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers in a process  known as the Hydrologic Cycle . ( fig 1) 

Where is the Darby Creek Watershed?

Darby Creek is located within southeastern Pennsylvania and flows into the Delaware River, south of the Schuykill River and the City of Philadelphia ( fig 2). The watershed straddles the Fall Line, the imaginary physiographic line separating the Coastal Plain,  vividly exemplified by the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum , from the  rolling hills of  Piedmont

What/Where is the the Darby Creek Valley Watershed?

The Darby Creek Watershed includes more than 77 square miles and includes portions of Chester Delaware, Montgomery,and Philadelphia Counties, with all or parts of 31 municipalities. Most of the Watershed is located within Delaware County.

What makes up the Darby Creek Watershed?

Major tributaries of the Darby Creek include Cobbs Creek, Naylors Run, Indian Creek, Langford Run, Little Darby Creek, Julip Run, Ithan Creek, Meadowbrook Run, Wigwam Run, Foxes Run, Muckinipattis Creek, Hermesprota Run, Stoney Creek and Whetestone Run, all which combine to flow into the tidal Darby Creek at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at the Darby's juncture with the Delaware River, south of Little Tinicum Island. 


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

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