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October 27, 2016

I started working at ANS three and a half years ago, right after finishing my freshman year of undergrad. I was signed on as a seasonal field technician to help out with the season's field sampling, and as an environmental newbie, I was really excited to learn about all the aspects of the on-the-ground science involved in the DRWI. But now as I reflect on what I have learned these past years, the most important is what the general public has taught me.

I've always divided the public into two groups - those for and against environmentalism. However, after speaking with the landowners and the curious bystanders that I've crossed paths with over the years, I realize that there is a third group to consider - those who need more information. By working in the Academy, I am constantly surrounded by up-to-date resources and knowledge on what's happening to the environment and what is being done to protect it. From the data we collect and the meetings and conferences I've been able to attended, I can see, hear, and confirm that progress is being made. But how can the average civilian remain fully informed about rising sea levels or water contamination? How can they truly understand what impact their weekly recycling is going to have on the global change in climate? 

The partners of DRWI are changing that. Year round, cluster organizations are educating and engaging the public through community outreach programs. By sharing our resources, they are showing these individuals, schools, and communities that they, too, can make a difference.

- Amanda Chan

Calling All Data Requests!

As the science lead for the DRWI, we welcome requests and feedback on how partners can use the data we and our monitoring partners have collected. We are synthesizing data that have been submitted to us and plan to send out another round of outputs throughout the fall. These will include IBI scores for cluster data that have been submitted, as well as some summaries of water chemistry. Data requests can be sent directly to the ANS Biogeoinformatics team at

Examples of outputs from ANS can include:
  • Data requests (e.g. raw data, custom GIS outputs)
  • Analyses (e.g. IBI scores for fish, aquatic insects, algae)
  • Data interpretation (e.g. baseline stream assessments)
  • Summaries and recommendations (e.g. whole-cluster and/or focus area narratives)

A Sustainable Philadelphia, 2039

Through October 12 to November 6, the Wilma Theater presents Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling. Directed by Blanka Zizka, the show follows a man named Gabriel as he explores his family's past four generations from 1959 to 2039 from London to Australia. While his family's history unfolds, the audience watches as the world evolves over time in an exploration of climate change and a green future. The question remains: In the face of climate change, can we break our habits and change the way we live?

To complement the production's environmental message, the Wilma's lobby features "A Sustainable Philadelphia, 2039," an interactive environmental education display imagining how a sustainable Philadelphia might look a generation from now. The display includes contributions from the Philadelphia Water Department, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, ANS, DRWI, and the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, and will be open to the community. 

ANS receives Growing Greener grant to study past restoration

The Academy of Natural Sciences’ watershed team was awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener grant to study the success of past restoration projects that were implemented between 5 and 15 years ago and that used restoration techniques similar to what is currently funded through DRWI. By evaluating these projects for changes over time in biota and habitat (fish, aquatic insects, algae, chemistry and geomorphology), we will attempt to infer the degree of improvement we would expect to see in DRWI-funded restored stream reaches five to 15 years post-implementation.

We are studying eight sites that were first studied by a team from ANS between 2002 and 2004, and we are comparing results from immediately following implementation (akin to current DRWI project monitoring) to results from 15 years later. With help from cluster partners and other restoration practitioners in Southeast Pennsylvania, we are also looking at seven additional projects that were completed 5 to 15 years ago. All projects are evaluated based on paired upstream/downstream monitoring sites, for a total of 30 monitoring sites. This project will produce some interesting and informative data and is a great addition to the DRWI dataset!

For more information, contact Dr. Stefanie Kroll.

Out and About

Philadelphia Youth Network WorkReady student Casai High uses a densiometer to measure a stream's canopy cover while algae sampling. 
This year's algae sampling season was completed in record time! In only 19 days, our algae crews finished sampling over 50 sites throughout the Delaware River Watershed. This includes upstream and downstream reaches of historical restoration projects (as part of a Growing Greener grant) and current DRWI projects. Data collected this season will provide a comparison of stream health that will help assess the progress of these past and ongoing projects. For more information on our algae sampling techniques or data, contact Alison Minerovic
Biogeochemist Paula Zelanko collects water chemistry data at Bear Creek in the Upper Lehigh cluster. 
ANS biogeochemistry teams are wrapping up this year's round of fall water chemistry sampling. Thanks to the beautiful fall weather of the past week, our teams have been able to zip through the DRWI clusters collecting water samples, measuring stream discharge, and downloading water temperature data to capture the fall conditions of each Integrative stream. With the hopes that the clear weather will continue, the chemistry teams plan to complete sampling of all 35 sites by the end of this week!

Presenting at River Rally

We’re putting together a session at this year’s River Rally, held by the River Network in Grand Rapids, Mich., May 8-11, 2017. If you are interested in presenting your DRWI work, please contact Stefanie Kroll. In the meantime, we’ll be reaching out to individual cluster groups for potential ideas for collaboration.
When the Rain Stops Falling
October 12 - November 6
The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
2016 Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting 
October 27 – 28
Rutgers EcoComplex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd,
Bordentown Township, NJ 
Morning Call with Bill Kibler
"Chromium in Our Watershed"
November 17
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Fairview Farm
2121 Larger Cross Road,
Bedminster, NJ

Raritan Headwaters Association hosts a monthly discussion series, "Morning Call." Over a cup o' joe, get news on the current state of the Raritan River watershed from RHA's policy director, Bill Kibler. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, click here).
Internships Open

Darby Creek Valley Association announces openings for two intern positions related to its water quality monitoring program on Cobbs Creek.

A paid intern will assist with water quality monitoring, coordinate grants, and perform website and digital media functions. 

An unpaid intern will assist with macroinvertebrate sampling, data coordination and database work, and overseeing volunteer efforts. 

For full descriptions of the positions and/or to apply, contact Jaclyn Rhoades ( or Derron LaBrake (
Seeking Executive Director

Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA), Warren County, N.J., is seeking an Executive Director. MWA’s Executive Director leads the execution of the Association’s mission – to protect and improve the quality of the Musconetcong River and its Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources. The successful candidate will have executive authority in the areas of program development and implementation, communications, staff supervision, member relations, fundraising, and finance. 

For more information and a comprehensive description of the position, contact Beth Styler Barry (
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Stefanie Kroll 
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