Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Philadelphia Water Department is working to make the Schuylkill a home for shad.
Grid magazine has a pretty cool piece about how the Philadelphia Water Department is working to bring fish back to the Schuylkill River. It's answer? Make it easier for the fish to spawn, via special "fishways." From Grid: It is a type of “fish ladder,” a series of switchbacks that zigzag back and forth, like shallow steps, transforming the steep climb and surging waters of a dam or waterfall into a gradual rise and a gentler, more shad-friendly current. Read the full story here and check out the Fairmount Water Works "fishcam" here.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Pa Water Sheds hosts online vote.
Pennsylvania possesses many waterways, but which one is the best? The Philadelphia area's Schuylkill River competes with other area rivers for the distinction of River of the Year. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, the 2013 contest pits the Schuylkill against the state's finest. In an online poll, the Schuylkill currently falls behind the Lackawanna River in Scranton and the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. The vote may sound a little silly, but the prize isn't. The winner receives a $10,000 leadership grant, which will go toward programming, water activities and other events. Voting continues through Jan. 18. Support the Schuylkill River at http…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Authorities say there was no sign of foul play in the death of Carlos Enrique Velasco.
Police have identified the body of the man recovered from the Schuylkill River near Riverfront Park in Norristown on Monday, November 19, as Carlos Enrique Velasco, of Guatemala. Norristown Police Chief Russel Bono confirmed the late 20-something year-old man had been drinking heavily the night before he was found. On Tuesday evening, Chief Bono said police were still awaiting the results of an autopsy from the Montgomery County Coroner's office. "Our investigation led us to learn that he was drinking, rather heavily, with friends at the location Saturday night, and he was reportedly so drunk that his friends left him there to sleep it off," Chief Bono told The Times Herald. "From there, we’re not sure what happened, whether he fell in or…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The body of an unidentified male, cause of death not yet determined, was found in the river near Norristown.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
According to 6ABC Action News, the body recovered from the Schuylkill River on Monday afternoon, Nov. 19, is that of a Hispanic man, possibly in his late 20s, police said. The man was reportedly wearing a landscaping hat. Norristown Police and Fire Departments were called to the scene near Riverfront Park along the banks of the Schuylkill at the end of Haws Avenue at approximately 12:30 p.m. for a report of a water rescue after a Pennsylvania game warden reported seeing a body floating in the river, snagged on debris and driftwood near the edge of the riverbank. On the scene, authorities had secured the area and teams of police investigators, county detectives and fire department rescue workers made their way down a wooded path to the …
Friday, September 21, 2012
How a sandwich led to a giant fishing expedition in Valley Forge
CBS3 TV and Philadelphia Radio Traffic guy Bob Kelly took to the airwaves on KYW-TV/CBS3 Thursday morning with a true insider's story about the jeep that had to be fished out of the Schuykill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park Wednesday afternoon. "Did you ever have one of those days where you wish you could go back to bed and start it all over again?" That's how Kelly, a veteran Philadelphia TV and radio traffic reporter and media personality began his personal story on Eyewitness News This Morning at 5:45 a.m. Thursday. "Yesterday, that was the kind of day I had." Kelly told viewers and his co-anchors that he and his wife went to the park "just to spend a nice quiet afternoon and to put the canoe in the water." He described …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network wants to implement a system that would predict pathogen levels in the river.
The Schuylkill River is as easy to love as it is difficult to spell. So why not help protect it? If you’re a boater, a water sport enthusiast, or just a nature lover, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network is asking you to fill out a quick survey that will give it a clearer sense of how exactly locals use the river. The upshot: the organization is preparing a feasibility study for a system that would forecast levels of viruses and bacteria in the river. Modeled after The Philly Rivercast, the proposed system would predict pathogen levels in the Schuylkill from Pottstown to Phoenixville; making it a safer, and healthier, place to play. By taking part in the survey, you’ll be helping the Riverkeepers prepare recommendations for the forecasting …