Encompassing almost 2,000 square miles and parts of eleven counties, the Schuylkill River watershed is located in southeastern Pennsylvania and the river itself is the largest tributary of the Delaware River. Providing drinking water to almost 2 million people, the Schuylkill River is one of the most significant natural resources for this heavily populated part of our region.
The Schuylkill River played a vital role in our nation’s history during the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolution as well as its function as the major transportation artery of the Industrial Revolution. The transportation of coal and manufactured goods changed the course of the river forever, impacting its health for generations to come. This however, led to a new chapter in its history, one of reclamation and restoration that is central to its story today.
Through the work and dedication of dozens of watershed partners, the Schuylkill River is making a remarkable comeback to health. People are returning to its banks to play, recreate and find refreshment. You too can play a role in protecting this beautiful and important resource.