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.
The Foundation identified several clusters of smaller micro-watersheds throughout the larger Delaware River watershed.
Brandywine-Christina, Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, Middle Schuylkill, New Jersey Highlands, Poconos-Kittantinny, Schuylkill Highlands, Upper Lehigh, Upstream Suburban Philadelphia.
These clusters have been targeted for water quality monitoring and outreach and education efforts on the various stressors that affect the Delaware River, with the end goal of improving water quality in the Delaware River.
Cobbs Creek Watershed:
As part of the Suburban Philadelphia Cluster, the Lower Merion Conservancy has begun a new project to work intensively with partners in the Cobbs Creek Watershed. The Conservancy’s work will focus on education and research in the East Branch of the Indian Creek, one of several headwaters of the Cobbs Creek.
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.
The East Branch of Indian Creek is important due to its size, location, and the fact that its a headwater of the Cobbs Creek. If the water quality of a river’s headwaters declines, the impact is seen downstream, so river restoration projects are most effective if they start in upstream tributaries and progress downstream over time.
The East Branch of Indian Creek watershed encompasses 1117 acres within Lower Merion Township and Narberth and contains approximately 2200 different properties, ranging from individual households to large institutional properties.
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 partners:
- Our Cobbs Partners include:
William Penn Foundation, 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.