As Sediment Builds, Rowing Less Safe In The Schuylkill

 

The once and future Schuylkill River, at Boathouse Row, in 1934, as Great Depression austerity measures necessitated the cancellation of its regular dredging. | Photo: Temple Archives, George McDowell, for Bulletin Photographs

The once and future Schuylkill River, at Boathouse Row, in 1934, as Great Depression austerity measures necessitated the cancellation of its regular dredging. | Photo: Temple Archives, George McDowell, for Bulletin Photographs

  • Although this Saturday’s Dad Vail Regatta is expected to proceed as normal, the same can only be said with diminishing certainly for subsequent years unless the Army Corps of Engineers gets the ball rolling soon on the $3 million dredging desperately needed for the section of the Schuylkill from East Falls to Boathouse Row reports KYW Newsradio’s Pat Loeb. The last time this section of the river was dredged was in 2000. The Army Corps of Engineers has since directed its insufficient funds in dredging downriver near the refinery, says Corps spokesman Ed Voigt.
  • Curbed Philly conveys some of the visual history of Boathouse Row, whose dozen structures replaced, starting in the 1870s, the poorly built shacks strewn about the Lemon Hill estate prior to its 1855 absorption into the Fairmount Park System. Work will soon begin on replacing the National Historic Landmark’s LED lighting prior the Democratic National Convention in July.
  • Nearly two years ago, controversial Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush’s filed a federal lawsuit against Kenyatta Johnson, alleging that the Councilman effectively blocked his fair acquisition of public land by “coaching the winning developer” through the process, and further ensuring the outcome by asking the Redevelopment Authority to “provide special consideration” for that developer. That trial begins today. All this has apparently sparked an active investigation by the FBI, which Philly.com staff writer William Bender says is curious about the extent of collusion between the Redevelopment Authority and Johnson’s staff.
  • Work is expected to begin soon on 17 new homes at 171 West Jefferson Street in South Kensington, reports Naked Philly. Previous owners of the 14,100-square-foot vacant lot, unsuccessful in securing the Zoning Board’s approval in 2012 for a 18-home proposal there, sold the property to the Princeton-based owners a year-and-a-half ago for $1.2 million.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. We need to find money to dredge the Schuylkill for the regattas that take place. Federal, state, local, and wealthy donors.

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