SPRING 2014 Update

Tree Planting - Saturday, April 19

Due to severe winter weather, the East Brandywine tree planting event has been changed from Saturday, April 5 to Saturday April 19th. Same time and location (see below)

Forests once covered 75 to 90 percent of the Brandywine watershed. Now only 28 percent of the watershed is forested. Help us restore the tree cover and tree vitalize our watershed!

Join us and our partner in planting, the Brandywine Conservancy, as we complete the last planting phase for the Rt. 282/Dowlin Forge site in East Brandywine Township. With only 600 trees to plant, this planting will take just a few hours to complete!

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9 am to 1 pm

Where: Rt. 282 (Creek Rd.) & Dowlin Forge Rd.

Wear: Heavy shoes or boots, gloves, clothes that don't mind a little dirt.

Bring: if you can - Shovel, hammer

It helps us to know who will attend, so if you can either call me at 610.883.7142 or email guardiansofthebrandywine@gmail.com.

Check out our "Winter in Our Watershed" photos on our Photo Gallery page.

Congratulations to Victory Brewing Company who recently received the prestigious 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Business Leadership Award!

Read the press release

FALL 2013 Update

October 26 - Tree Planting

Well, we're really getting good at this. As you can see, the trees planted in the spring along Creek and and Dowlin Forge Rds. are already popping through their tree shelters! In a few years time there will be a beautiful buffer of Native trees, including dogwood, redbud and sycamore, filtering water before it drains into the Upper East Branch.

And now we have another opportunity to improve riparian coverage along the Brandywine by planting 1400 trees in East Fallowfied Township on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 9am.

This will be a great event for high-school students to earn community service points and for college students interested in environmental sciences to get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty!!

The restoration site is along an intermittent tributary of Dennis Run, on land lying between Strasburg Rd. and Frog Hollow Rd. The creek at this juncture is classified as Impaired Waters by PA Department of Environmental Protection and will benefit with a strengthen riparian buffer. As an additional benefit to our environment, the trees will slow global warming by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide. On average, scientists have estimated that one tree can sequester approximately one ton of carbon in its lifetime.

No time requirement, stay as long as you can. It's always helpful to know how many hands to expect, so if you're interested send me an email at guardiansofthebrandywine@gmail.com or call at 610-883-7142.

Downington Fall Fest 2013 - Sunday Sept. 29, Noon to 4pm

Come out and visit our booth at this year's Fall Fest. We'd love to tell you about our work preserving the Upper East Branch. Fall Fest is held on E. Lancaster Avenue between Wallace Avenue and Green Street and it is a Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce event presented by Victory Brewing Company, in partnership with the Borough of Downingtown.

Fall Fest is a great way to connect and learn more about D'town! While enjoying the crisp fall weather, you can:

For more info on Fall Fest, click here.

Flower Power Fundraiser
Support Your Local Watershed!

Purchase daffodil, tulip, hyacinth and other spring blooming bulbs through Flower Power and 50% of the purchase price will be donated to the Guardians. Purchases are made online and orders will be shipped directly to the buyer.

Click here to view all bulb offerings and make a purchase.

SUMMER 2013 Update

We Have a Winner

Congratulations to Paul Bartlow of Owego, NY who is the lucky winner of our eMoto electric bike drawn on June 8, 2013! Fortunately for us, we did not have to deliver the bike to Paul as he often travels down from NY to visit family in Chester County. Here he is beaming his kilowatt smile while standing behind his new bike.

After a visit to Hybrid-Cycles in West Chester where he learned more about his electric bike, Paul started riding immediately and has enjoyed several rides in his hometown of Owego, NY. Thank you to all made our first raffle a success and we wish Paul happy peddling! If you’d like more info on electric bikes, talk to Jim or Gary of Hybrid-Cycles at 126 E. Gay St., West Chester, PA or browse to http://www.hybrid-cycles.com/

 

Do you know and love Chester Creek or its Goose Creek tributary?

If so, the Delaware RiverKeeper needs your help to protect these streams!

Goose Creek rises near West Chester’s Chatwood neighborhood and flows southeast to its confluence with the East Branch Chester Creek just north of Cheyney, PA. Goose Creek flows through urban streets and past single family homes; the creek’s wooded banks shade sports fields, parks and schools. The West Chester Railroad follows the creek for part of its scenic West Chester to Glen Mills run.

Unfortunately, Goose Creek’s water quality suffers as a result of discharges from two large sewage treatment plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a pollution limit for phosphorus for Goose Creek, called a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulation that should require the sewage treatment plants to clean up their polluting discharges, but the West Goshen Sewer Authority has filed a legal action asking a court to throw out the TMDL.

In 1996, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network led successful litigation that forced Pennsylvania not only to assess the health of its streams, but to address pollution that was degrading our waters. The Goose Creek TMDL represents such an effort to address pollution. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has filed to intervene in the legal action brought by the West Goshen Sewer Authority to protect our waters and the concerns of the public, just as we did in 1996. Should the West Goshen Sewer Authority be successful, the precedent could weaken efforts to clean up streams across the country, so we need you to help strengthen our case by sharing your experiences of Gosse Creek.

If you walk, wade, fish or paddle Goose Creek or on downstream on Chester Creek, the Delaware Riverkeeper needs to hear from you! If algae blooms have prevented you from enjoying Goose Creek as it flows through your neighborhood, please contact us. If the sports fields, parks and schools where your children play are affected by the sights and smells of sewage, let us know.

To share your thoughts, concerns or experiences about Goose Creek, or to add your name to the members who will help give Delaware Riverkeeper standing in court, please contact us at 215-369-1188 or drn@delawareriverkeeper.org and make your subject line “Goose Creek TMDL.”

Open Cut Crossing of UEB Delayed!

This past June the offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman and State Representative Becky Corbin issued press releases notifying readers that the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company’s (Williams Transco) open cut crossing of the Upper East Branch in East Brandywine and East Caln townships expected to take place this summer has been delayed.

Senator Dinniman’s press release:

Delay of Pipeline Project Offers Chance to Re-examine Method to be Used Dinniman: Pipelines Should Cross Brandywine Creek Without Harming It

WEST CHESTER (June 27) – State Senator Andy Dinniman said a company’s recent announcement to delay construction of a new gas pipeline across the east branch of the Brandywine Creek offers the opportunity to re-examine the crossing method it wants to use.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has yet to give final approval to Transcontinental Gas Pipelines’ (Transco.) plan to replace nearly 2,200 feet of 30-inch pipe across the creek between East Brandywine and East Caln with 42-inch pipe. On Wednesday, Transco officials announced that as a result, they were pushing back scheduled installation of the pipeline until next year.

Dinniman said, “The postponement gives us a breather and opportunity to re-examine Transco’s method for installing the pipe across the creek and to see if it can perform the installation in a more environmentally sensitive way. In fact, the other company seeking to install a new gas pipeline across the east branch, Columbia Gas Transmission, wants to use the method – horizontal direct drilling -- considered more environmentally friendly by local environmental experts.”

“The obvious question is, If Columbia can install its pipe using horizontal direct drilling, why can’t Transco do the same?,” Dinniman said. “The other question is, Is there a way to coordinate these projects in a way that minimizes their impact on Chester County, its residents and its natural resources, instead of simply reacting every time another new pipeline company wants to cross the Brandywine Creek? And I fully expect there to be more such projects in the years ahead. ”

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is still in the process of reviewing Transco’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity and reviewing public comments related to that application. Residents can view public documents related to the application by going to www.Ferc.gov and looking up docket # CP12-497.

Over the last several years, Dinniman has taken the lead in demanding the strictest state oversight of Transco’s 7-mile pipeline replacement project, the last section of which is the crossing of the Brandywine Creek.

In addition, Dinniman has introduced and is seeking passage of three bills to protect residents’ properties and the public’s natural resources against harm from the growing number of natural gas pipeline projects coming through the region, including the recently proposed and above-mentioned 8.8-mile Columbia Gas project extending from Upper Uwchlan to West Bradford.

His Public Notification and Access to Information Act is Senate Bill 504 and would require the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to make sure residents are notified of upcoming projects in their communities and to post public documents on its website so residents can better learn about proposed projects.

His bill requiring pipeline companies to replace conservation and agriculture easements acre-for-acre within counties of the first, second and third classes is Senate Bill 506. His bill requiring state board approval of any pipeline-company condemnation of Act 43 agricultural easements within counties of the first, second and third classes is Senate Bill 507.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s West Chester Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail mindars@pasenate.com.

Rep. Becky Corbin’s June 27 press release:

Corbin Provides Update on Brandywine Creek Mainline Pipe Replacement Project

HARRISBURG – Rep. Becky Corbin (R- East Brandywine) today announced that Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company has announced it will postpone a pipe replacement project set to cross Brandywine Creek until 2014 due to a delay in receiving approval to proceed from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
 
“I appreciate the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company keeping the community apprised of progress of the pipeline replacement project,” said Corbin. “The project has raised resident concern and notifications are greatly appreciated.”
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued an amended permit to Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company in November 2012 with 13 special conditions that will attempt to protect the water quality and aquatic life of the streams and support recreational uses through trail signs and safe portage for boaters.
 
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company stated that lacking the necessary FERC approval, and given the timing restrictions imposed by federal, state and local authorities, the project cannot be completed as planned during the summer and fall of 2013. It must therefore be postponed until the appropriate construction windows in 2014.
 

Chester County Sierra Club Holding Summer Photo Contest

Our friends at the Chester County Sierra Club are holding a summer 2013 photo contest. Digital photos taken in Chester County during the summer of 2013 representing how we Explore, Enjoy and Protect Chester County will be accepted. For full details and contest rules visit the contest page of their website at: http://www.pennsylvania.sierraclub.org/chestercounty/photo_contest.shtml

SPRING 2013 Update

Under Blue Skies and Puffy White Clouds,
Guardians Plant Trees on Saturday, April 13, 2013

Thanks to all the volunteers who brought shovels and strength enough to plant all 1200 trees along the banks of the Upper East Branch in East Brandywine Twp.

Follow this link on Google for photos from the day.

WINTER 2013 Update

2013 Schuylkill Watershed Congress

Date: 03/09/2013
Time: 7:30am to 4pm
Location: Montgomery County Community College - West Campus Pottstown, PA

With a focus on networking across disciplines, the Schuylkill Watershed Congress melds science, policy and practical applications into one program. As a result, the annual Watershed Congress is a highly anticipated event for people interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams.

To register online: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/about/event.aspx?Id=63

Session Details: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/Pdf/2013_WatershedCongress_OnlineDetail.pdf

For more information, call 215-369-1188, ext. 109.

We'll be there!

FALL 2012 Update

WIN an Electric Bike

Congrats to Paul Bartlow of Owego, NY who is the lucky winner of our eMoto electric bike drawn on June 8, 2013.

The Ecco 2.5 retails for $1099. To read the manufacturer's spec sheet, click here.

Guardians and Victory Partnership Highlighted in RIver Network Newsletter

The River Network's most recent newsletter has "interviewed" the Guardians and we would like to share that article with you. Click on the link for the newsletter (PDF) and see the article beginning on page 5.

Victory Fall Challenge

Victory Brewing Company has kicked off their Victory for the Environment challenge. If you are inspired to do something for your community between Sept. 25 and Nov. 5, you could win $50.00 and some Victory goodies! It's real easy to enter. Click here for details. Good luck!

Fall Tree Planting Success!

What do you get when you have 200 trees, 18 volunteers, 3 organizations and lots of muscle and smiles? A healthier waterhshed, of course! 

On Saturday, Oct. 13, we planted 200 trees on the banks of the Upper East Branch in Honey Brook Township. Beautiful fall weather, along with enthusiastic volunteers of all ages made this a wonderful community event.

Thanks to Brandywine Conservancy and Victory Brewing Company for helping us make this happen. Click here to see some photos of the event.


SUMMER 2012 Update

This spring Guardians of the Brandywine, used Headwaters grant funds to host an educational session on stream monitoring in order to assess the heath of the Upper East Branch, Brandywine Creek. With the knowledge participants gained, we learned that the stream is in excellent condition and now know how to continue monitoring it to maintain its health.

To see a short (3 minute) video recap of the training session view below or if not visible, click on this link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHgrfDR1_lY

SPRING 2012

My Creek - The Beauty of the Brandywine

A Major Photography Competition Presented by The Guardians of the Brandywine with Generous Support from Victory Brewing Company - Winners Announced May 19, 2012

You live near it. You benefit from it. Even when you do not notice it, it is there nourishing and caring for you. It asks for nothing, and in return, it gives our region vitality. The waters of the Brandywine Creek are our lifeblood. We drink its waters, it feeds our economy, and it offers itself up as protection from damaging storms.

The Brandywine is one of the most important bodies of water in Pennsylvania and it is yours. Literally. As a state resident, you own a part of it. This is not hyperbole and we are not making the ownership claim in simplistic, idealistic, or naive terms, but rather it derives from your very fundamental property rights.

The purpose of the “My Creek – The Beauty of the Brandywine” project is to introduce people to the concept that they actually have an ownership interest in the Brandywine and that they have the right and the ability to protect the creek in the future. Equally important, we want people to come to realize that the Brandywine is worthy of their protection. It is absolutely beautiful…and it is yours!

As an organization, The Guardians of the Brandywine want to focus on creating a positive future for the Brandywine. We need your help.

There were over 116 photographs entered and all deserve to be called winners. See the winners at our Flickr Group

Links:
View our current submissions on our website: Our Photo Gallery
Website: www.MyCreek.org
Email address for the contest: mycreek.guardians@gmail.com
Contest Flickr Group is www.flickr.com/groups/mycreek/
Victory Brewing Company - blog update (click to view)

WINTER 2012 Update

Pipelines In Chester County

Do you know how many pipelines criss-cross Chester County-perhaps in your own township? Currently, there are 700+ miles of natural-gas pipelines in Chester County, including the Texas Eastern, Columbia and Williams-Transco pipelines. If you're interested in learning more about these pipelines from representatives of pipeline companies, then watch this website for news of upcoming meetings. Check out our Gas Pipelines and Drilling in PA page for resources, articles and upcoming events.

Dinniman Announces Meetings to Address Gas Pipeline

To Be Installed Across Brandywine Creek

 Informational Meetings Scheduled for May 15 and May 17

Read his letter with details of meeting times and locations (click to download)

Our Mission

As our mission is to preserve the rural character of Wallace Township, our activities focus on the protection and enhancement of the waters and other natural resources of the Upper East Branch of the Brandywine Creek's Watershed, including all of its tributaries.

We believe that the mission requires us to educate the public about the quality of our natural resources and the quality of life enjoyed by our predecessors, and to further inform the public of the challenges to these qualities posed by the pressures of the twenty first century.

Preservation and maintenance of riparian buffers are at the top of the list of the subjects which the public must understand if the Brandywine waters and surrounding environs are to be preserved from deterioration. This entails hiring counsel and scientists to gather and analyze data, review planning and land use, and the study the environment.  Their findings are then conveyed to the community through Guardians’ educational outreach.

Guardians of the Brandywine, Inc. (“Guardians”) is a non-profit corporation and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Public Charity.  Contributions to Guardians are tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers to the extent permitted by law.  Non-reimbursed expenses related to volunteer work with Guardians are tax deductible for volunteers who file itemized tax returns.  Speak with your tax preparer regarding taking tax deductions for your contributions or volunteer expenses.

Funds raised by the Guardians of the Brandywine, Inc. will be used to educate the public and protect the Brandywine within the restrictions of the IRS 501 (c) (3), relating to charitable contributions. We believe that the natural resources associated with the Brandywine Watershed are themselves incapable of political affiliation,we intend to see that our organization should also be without political affiliation. We expect to educate all who will hear our message about preservation and conservation of the Brandywine Watershed, regardless of anyone’s political affiliations.  As an organization, we have no political affiliation or involvement.

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Photography Contest

My Creek - The Beauty of the Brandywine

The purpose of the “My Creek – The Beauty of the Brandywine” project is to introduce people to the concept that they actually have an ownership interest in the Brandywine and that they have the right and the ability to protect the creek in the future. Equally important, we want people to come to realize that the Brandywine is worthy of their protection. It is absolutely beautiful…and it is yours!

Contest Ends May 15th

Links:
Website: www.MyCreek.org
Email address for the contest: mycreek.guardians@gmail.com
Contest Flickr Group is www.flickr.com/groups/mycreek/