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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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!
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.
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.
David Bennett, email@example.com (484)222-2502 Cleanup Committee Chair
Susan Miller , firstname.lastname@example.org
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