UPDATE – JULY 2020

The Army Corps of Engineers has issued Public Notice for the New Kernsville Dam removal project. The applicant, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, is proposing a project to dredge the New Kernsville Dam impoundment, including the historic Schuylkill River channel, and remove the New Kernsville Dam.

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Public comments are due by July 31, 2020. Below is an attachment to the comments Schuylkill River Greenways submitted to the Army Corps. 

The Removal of the New Kernsville Dam

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced their intention to remove the New Kernsville Dam in Berks County.  Schuylkill River Greenways has been following the process and collecting information as it unfolds  in an effort to gain a full understanding of the plans and its potential  impact on the health of the Schuylkill River.

This page serves to share the information we have collected with our members and followers who may be interested.  The first link is to a very useful  and well-done overview from  Blue Mountain Wildlife that provides a good background of the project.  The following links provide various other information and reports that we have collected.

We will continue to update this page with information as we collect it, but please note that this is by no means a complete collection of the universe of information available on this subject.

The Board of Schuylkill River Greenways has not taken any position on this project and this information is being posted for informational purposes only, not as a means of advocacy.

Blue Mountain Wildlife Background Details

Removal of the New Kernsville Dam

Bureau Of Abandoned Mine Reclamation Files

New Kernsville Dam Sounding 2018 PDF

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2019 New Kernsville Sounding Layout 1

New Kernsville Dam Silt Volume Scenario PDFs

Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands Files

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