In March of 1945, thirty people from the West Chester and Wilmington areas got together
to listen to a man named Clayton Hoff talk about the Brandywine Creek.
What they heard was alarming. In many spots the creek was little
more than an open sewer, the result of wastewater being dumped
into the stream with little or no treatment. In addition,
thousands of tons of soil were being washed into the
Brandywine--choking aquatic life and diminishing water quality.
Recognizing that such threats would cause permanent damage, this
group founded The Brandywine Valley Association, the first small
watershed association in America.
BVA provides Water protection and Environmental Education for
the Brandywine Valley
BVA is now more than 800 members strong and is still working to
protect the picturesque and productive Brandywine Creek.
The sixty-mile creek is rich with cultural and historical
heritage and has long played a key role in the economic
development and quality of life for this region.
the Brandywine not only provides Water for household,
commercial, and industrial users in Coatesville, Downingtown,
West Chester and Wilmington, it offers recreational
opportunities for residents and tourists who enjoy canoeing,
fishing, swimming and the creek's natural beauty. Help protect
the water we drink by enrolling in one of our environmental
BVA is a non-profit organization supported solely by membership
dues and private contributions. The Board of Directors, elected
by the members, establishes policies and directs staff