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 email@example.com.
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.
Create Upland and Wetland Meadows for Pollinators
Saturday May 12 9-12
Friday May 18 9-12
Sunday May 20 12 -3
Saturday May 26 12-3
May 12, 18 ,20
Saturday May 26
Contact: Anna Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Derron LaBrake email@example.com
Community and Master Watershed Steward credits approved.
WHERE: SACRED HEART ACADEMY
480 S. BRYN MAWR AVE
BRYN MAWR, PA 19010
(The wetlands are attached to this property)
SIGN IN: School parking lot. Community and Master Watershed Steward credits approved.
Bring you own equipment: shovels, hand pruners, garden rakes,loppers, saws, string weed .
Wear: Hats, long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots. There is poison ivy, ticks.,
red clover Meadow Mixes. Plant small areas of native/pollinator attracting herbaceous plants.
Manually Remove small areas of invasives,. Cut vines.
Community Environmental Series
Local Engagement, Making a Difference
June 4, 2018
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
720 First Ave. , Berwyn, PA 19312
Event is Free. Donations are appreciated but not required.
EAC's , Municipalities, or anyone interested in the environmental and engaging in local activities, come out and learn about The power of Environmental Advisory Councils, ( EAC), how to engage locally and volunteer stewardship programs. Space is limited , register in advance. Free event.
“Make Conservation Happen Locally – The Power of EACs”
Presented by: Susan Myerov- Pennsylvania Environmental Council -Program Director
"Engaging Municipalities Locally and Politically"
Presented by: Dr. Jaclyn Rhoads - DCVA President
"Engaging the Public through Penn State Extension"
Master Gardener and Master Water Stewards Programs
Presented by: Meagan Hopkins-Doerr - Penn State Stewards Program Coordinator
For more information contact : Sue Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday June 10 12:00-3:00
Saturday June 23 9:00-12:00
Saturday June 30 9:00-12:00
Sunday June 10
Saturday June 23
Sunday June 30
June 24, 2018
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Cusano Educational Center
8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
High tide is at 11:16 A.MRegistration: 10 A.M. - 10:50 A.M.
Mass start is at 11 A.M.
$20 Pre-Registration Fee/person
$25 Registration at event / Person
Please register and fill out the following forms; either email to email@example.com or bring with you day of race.
2018 Darby Creek Spring Race Registration Form.pdf
Spring 2018 USCA Waiver Release form Interactive.pdf
Non Participants are encouraged to come out and cheer others on. A lunch will be held afterwards for participants . Non participants may join the luncheon for a small fee.
Darby Creek Race Course starting at Cusano Education Center- (1).jpg
Race Organizer: Sue Miller suedcva.org
**Bring your own Canoe or Kayak to participate.
Sunday July 15 12:00-3:00
Saturday June 28 9:00-12:00
Saturday Aug 11 9:00-12:00
Saturday Aug 25 9:00-12:00
July 15 , 28 , Aug 11, 25
Sept 9, 2018
401 Swarthmore Ave.
Ridley Park, PA 19078
High tide is at 12:45 P.MRegistration: 12 P.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Mass start is at 1 P.M.
2018 Darby Creek Fall Race Registration Form.pdf
2018 USCA Waiver Release form Interactive.pdf
Darby Creek Race Course starting at Ridley Marina- (1).jpg