William Penn Foundation Grant
The William Penn Foundation led the charge a little over two years ago to re-align its foundation giving into focus areas throughout the Delaware River Watershed. Darby Creek Valley Association was invited to participate in this process and join with Lower Merion Conservancy to monitor water quality along the Cobbs Creek which drains into the Delaware River and is an 11.8-mile-long tributary of Darby Creek and help conduct outreach and education programs about the importance of protecting the creek.
DCVA has 2 programs :
Stream Watch: Since 2004 DCVA has conducted a yearly study of water quality in the Darby Creek watershed results are reported to PADEP.
Citizens Scientific Monitoring Program:
The William Penn Foundation is funding studies of watersheds throughout the Philadelphia area in order to encourage watershed restoration to improve water quality. DCVA is focusing its research and restoration efforts on Cobbs Creek and Naylor's Run through this grant. Click here to read an update on DCVA's activities under the WPF grant by DCVA President Jaclyn Rhoads: The Delaware River Watershed InitiativeNewsletterArticle022016.pdf
Click here to read more about the Cobbs Creek Cobbs Creek water quality.pdf and Cobbs Creek.pdf and Summary of Open Space Plan for Narberth Borough and the Cobbs.pdf and Cleaning Up and Improving the Cobbs.pdf.
Below are some DCVA members, Lower Merion Conservancy members and members of the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative collecting macroinvertebrate samples on the Cobbs Creek. Additional pictures show some of the reasons that stream restoration should be a priority in our area. This work is paid for in part by the William Penn Foundation Grant