In a short time, the Schuylkill River went from being considered waters of "uncommon purity" to being the country's dirtiest river. That distinction resulted in the Schuylkill becoming the focus of a precedent-setting river cleanup effort from 1947 to 1951. Still, the river has a bad reputation today, but the complete story about the health of the river and what it means to the communities through which it flows is more complicated.
Join author and Schuylkill Watershed Specialist for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Chari Towne, for a look back on how the Schuylkill River acquired its reputation and the project that began its restoration.
Towne’s new book, A River Again, the Story of the Schuylkill River Project, provides an in-depth look at the Schuylkill River Desilting Project which removed coal silt from the River. Limited number of books will be available for $21.95.
The event is free and takes place Thursday, February 28 at 7:45 p.m. at Waverly Heights, 1400 Waverly Road, Gladwyne.
This information was provided by the Lower Merion Conservancy.