Become a Stream Steward!

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on March 20, 2017

Volunteer to help ensure that every resident of the Darby/ Cobbs Creek Watershed has drinkable, swimmable, fishable water. 

Right now the entire Darby/Cobbs Creek Watershed have been designated as impaired by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). These impairments are primarily due to stormwater-related impacts and urban runoff. Stormwater runoff is “water from rain or melting snow that ‘runs off’ across the land instead of seeping into the ground.”  This runoff ends up in local steams and rivers without being treated, which is a problem because the water often picks up substances like pesticides, pet waste, auto fluids, and more.

This sort of polluted stormwater runoff occurs especially in suburban and urban areas, as impervious surfaces like roads, roofs, and parking lots inhibit water from seeping into the ground. In Southeastern Pennsylvania some areas have upwards of 80% impervious cover!

PRC is partnering with the Lower Merion Conservancy, the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative and the Darby Creek Valley Association on the “Stream Smart Stormwater House Call” project to fight stormwater runoff and protect the Darby/Cobbs Watershed! The watershed encompasses areas of Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, with all or parts of 31 municipalities.*

rain-garden-afterThe Stream Smart Stormwater House Call project, funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will conduct property audits to determine how stormwater flows on your property and to educate owners about options to slow and redirect stormwater  Utilizing simple improvements such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs, pervious pavement, and more to divert stormwater from running directly into waterways. When stormwater is directed to green areas such as rain gardens or green roofs, it is scrubbed clean of contaminants before the water meets the stream.

We need your help to protect PA’s waterways! Volunteer your home to receive these upgrades or volunteer your time to install these stormwater-fighting installments in your community! To learn  more and to see if your property is a good fit for the program, email Jayne Young and visit our webpage.


*The watershed encompasses areas of Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, with all or parts of 31 municipalities, including Easttown, Tredyffrin, Aldan, Clifton Heights, Collingdale, Colwyn, Darby, East Lansdowne, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Lansdowne, Marple, Millbourne, Morton, Newtown, Norwood, Prospect Park, Radnor, Ridley Park, Ridley, Rutledge, Sharon Hill, Springfield, Tinicum, Upper Darby, Yeadon, Lower Merion, and Narberth.