Derron LaBrake 2017
Derron LaBrake, DCVA’s 2nd V.P.-extraordinaire, and Principle, Wetland and Ecology, Inc with DCVA’s highest award. Derron is an expert in all things wetland. Put him in a wetland meadow, swamp, vernal pond, or stream and he effervesces with enthusiasm. He uses his knowledge of sediments, ecological risk assessment, eco-friendly stormwater control measures, macro invertebrates, plants, bugs, wetland habitat restoration, Tussock Sedge, bog turtles, and peepers to assist DCVA and the community with a wide range of projects. From participating in DCVA’s Stream Watch and Insect Identification Workshop; To conducting the Spring Peeper Walk at Haverford CREC; To restoring the Meadowbrook Run wetland at Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, To spear heading metric and macro invertebrate collection at 3 sites for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative; To expanding macro and metric collection to 10 sites; and To collecting macro-invertebrates at Whetstone Run and submitting the data to PA Environmental Quality Board which voted to have PA-DEP perform a study to determine if the southern tributary meets criteria to be re-designated as a High Quality Water, Derron is a tireless advocate for the protection of the environment and the community.