Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster
Cobbs Creek Watershed
In 2014, the William Penn Foundation set forth the Delaware River Watershed Initiative with a three-year, $35 million investment. Delaware River Watershed spans four states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, covers 13,500 square miles and provides drinking water for over 15 million people. More then 50 nonprofit organizations have developed plans to reduce threats to water quality using scientific research to implement strategic ecological restoration projects.
After a “bridge” year in 2017, the William Penn Foundation has signed off on a Phase 2 for the Delaware Watershed Initiative beginning in 2018. Phase 2 will use the lessons learned from the first four years to target more specific areas for sustainable stormwater projects while continuing the larger efforts to educate people about the threats to our water.
The Foundation identified seven smaller micro-watersheds, referred to as “clusters,” throughout the larger Delaware River watershed to focus outreach efforts with the end goal of improving water quality in the Delaware River. The seven clusters are called Brandywine-Christina, Kirkwood-Cohansey, Middle Schuylkill, New Jersey Highlands, Poconos-Kittantinny, Schuylkill Highlands, Upper Lehigh, Upstream Suburban Philadelphia.
Cobbs Creek Watershed:
Within the larger “Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster,” smaller watershed groups have been tasked with addressing specific problems in their respective regions. The Lower Merion Conservancy has been working with other groups the Cobbs Creek Watershed. The Conservancy’s work has focused on education and research in the East Branch of the Indian Creek, one of the larger tributaries of Cobbs Creek. In all waterways, degradation and pollution must be addressed in upstream areas before tackling downstream problems in larger rivers.
The East Branch of Indian Creek runs through the Borough of Narberth and Lower Merion Township, flowing through Narbrook Park, Shortridge Memorial Park, and then past Lankenau Hospital and Friends Central School into the city of Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, the stream meets with the West Branch of Indian Creek in Morris Park and later joins Cobbs Creek near the 69th Street Transportation Center. We aim to improve water quality in the East Branch of Indian Creek to reduce the amount of pollution reaching the Delaware River.
During Phase 2 of the DRWI, the focus for the Cobbs Creek Watershed will turn to Naylors Run, which begins in Havertown near Bailey Park, crosses Route 3 near Llanerch Diner, heads into Upper Darby, runs next to Upper Darby High School into Naylors Run Park, before being piped underground and eventually joining Cobbs Creek near the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center. The work in other areas will continue, but the on the ground projects will largely fall within the Naylors Run subwatershed.
If you would like to get involved and volunteer, or simply want to learn more about this exciting initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (610) 645-9030.
Funding generously provided by:
- Our Cobbs Partners include:
Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative, Darby Creek Valley Association, Pennsylvania Resources Council, Villanova University Department of Geography and the Environment, Saint Joseph’s University, and Friends Central School
Our Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster Partners include:
Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Pennypack Ecological Trust, Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Friends of the Poquessing Creek, Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities, and Villanova University Urban Stormwater Partnership.