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A detour on the SRT in Phoenixville may require cyclists to dismount. Check the "Trail Alerts" section on the Schuylkill River Trail overview page for more details. Three bridges along the Schuylkill River between Schuylkill Haven & Port Clinton have debris pileups. Check the Water Trail page for more details.

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A River Again: The Story of the Schuylkill River Project by Chari Towne

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In a short time, the Schuylkill went from being considered waters of “uncommon purity” to being this country’s dirtiest river. That distinction resulted in the Schuylkill River becoming the focus of a precedent-setting river cleanup effort from 1947 to 1951.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hired a team of engineers to free the Schuylkill from the millions of tons of coal sediment that had filled its bed and raised its floodplain.

The Schuylkill River Project Engineers dredged the river and trapped sediment in desilting pools, the kind of practices that river restorations are undertaken to undo today. But at the end of the project, the Schuylkill emerged A RIVER AGAIN.

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