Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    • Monday, November 30, 2020

    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 2ndvp@dcva.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.



Past Events

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Local Environmental Advisory Council Summit (EAC)
Sunday, October 07, 2018 2018 Fall Canoe/Kayak Race
Saturday, September 22, 2018 Rain Garden Workshop
Sunday, September 09, 2018 2018 Fall Canoe/Kayak Race
Saturday, August 25, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday, August 11, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 Tales & Trails Hike: Life Under a Log
Saturday, July 28, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday, July 15, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday, June 24, 2018 2018 Spring Canoe/Kayak Race
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday, June 10, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Monday, June 04, 2018 Community Environmental Series : Local Engagement , Making a Difference
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 A PASSION FOR POLLINATORS
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Friday, May 18, 2018 cancelled for May 18 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Meadow Brook Run Volunteer Opportunities
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 Community Environmental Series : Making a Difference Through Green Infrastructure
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Annual Stream Watch
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Drones : Advancements in Geology/Helping the Environmental Industry
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Haverford Home & Garden Show
Saturday, April 14, 2018 34th Annual Darby/ Cobbs Creek Clean Up
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Spring Peeper Walk
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Rescheduled RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Cancelled RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP See Rescheduled
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Community Environmental Series : Local Engagement , Making a Difference
Monday, February 26, 2018 PUBLIC MEETING #2 for the Little Flower Manor Open Space Park Master Site Plan
Saturday, February 24, 2018 2018 Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 22, 2018 DC bus Trip Stop Offshore Drilling
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Citizen Science Macroinvertebrate ID w/ Derron Le Brake
Saturday, January 13, 2018 Stream Watch Macroinvertebrate ID w/ Alan Samel
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 EAC LOCAL SUMMIT
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Philly Fall Nature Festival
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Conquering Your EV/Plug-In Fears
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Understanding Climate Change
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Members Only Wine and Cheese Event
Sunday, September 17, 2017 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE SPACE FOR THE NATIVE POLLINATOR FLOWERS
Sunday, August 20, 2017 Volunteers needed to help make space for the Native Pollinator Flowers
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Volunteers needed to help make space for the Native Pollinator Flowers
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Board Meeting
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Outreach Volunteer Opportunies
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Volunteers needed to help make space for the Native Pollinator Flowers
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Summer Solstice Festival
Saturday, May 20, 2017 11th Delaware County Environmental Summit
Sunday, May 07, 2017 STREAM WALK
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Collenbrook Invasive Removal
Saturday, April 29, 2017 33rd Darby Creek/ Cobbs Creek Watershed Cleanup is April 29 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Darby Creek Clean UP at Heinz Refuge
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Annual Stream Watch 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Rain Garden Workshop
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Public Meeting on LittLe Flower Estate
Saturday, February 18, 2017 ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Insect Identification Workshop
Sunday, September 11, 2016 2016 Darby Creek Canoe/Kayak Race
Friday, September 09, 2016 Darby Creek Canoe Ramble
Sunday, June 05, 2016 Haverford Heritage Festival
Saturday, April 23, 2016 2016 Darby Creek Clean-Up
Saturday, April 16, 2016 13th Annual STREAM WATCH
Friday, April 15, 2016 Deadline and Instructions for articles for the spring issue of The Valley
Saturday, February 27, 2016 DCVA Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Insect Identification Workshop
Thursday, December 17, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Monday, November 23, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Saturday, October 24, 2015 Tree Planting at Morton Morton House
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Sunday, September 20, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Darby Creek Ramble
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Sunday, September 13, 2015 2015 Darby Creek Canoe and Kayak Race
Sunday, September 13, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Rain Garden Construction and Planting
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meeting
Monday, August 17, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group’s (CAG) Technical Work Group (TWG) Meeting
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meering
Thursday, June 25, 2015 Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Community Advisory Group Meering
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 Technical Working Group of Eastwick CAG
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Raingarden Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, May 09, 2015 Surrey Senior Spring Fling!
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Darby Creek Clean-Up
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Stream Watch
Sunday, April 12, 2015 Come listen to our little harbingers of spring
Saturday, March 14, 2015 Cobbs Creek and Naylors Run Water Quality Sampling
Saturday, February 28, 2015 Regional Trail Summit: Saturday February 28th, 9-11:00 AM at Haverford Community Recreation and Environmental Center in Haverford Reserve.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition: Stormwater Info, Insights and Outreach
Monday, February 23, 2015 New opportunities for public involvement in Municipal Stormwater Management Programs
Saturday, January 24, 2015 DCVA ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, December 13, 2014 Insect Identification Workshop
Sunday, December 07, 2014 Trim a Tree Party at Swedish Cabin
Saturday, October 18, 2014 DCVA Board Meeting
Saturday, September 13, 2014 DCVA Thirtieth Anniversary Picnic at Heinz Refuge

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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