Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s local allies, the Darby Creek Valley Association submitted a stream upgrade petition to the PADEP for sections of the Whetstone Creek, a tributary to the Darby Creek located in Marple Township, PA. This tributary is one of the last remaining forested streams of the highly urbanized Darby Creek Watershed. DRN has been helping the community to push and support this stream upgrade petition to ensure this diverse tributary is protected as it deserves. Whetstone flows through beautiful Marple Woods where the community has enjoyed recreating for decades. The large majestic beech trees and forest that remains is rare for Delaware County and efforts are underway to work to protect this habitat for permanent open space.