Recent news about the Schuylkill River Trail‘s boardwalk is just one of many ways Philadelphia’s been working to improve our “relationship” with our city’s rivers. East Falls has its own plan in the works:
Fishways have played a HUGE part in the return of our wildlife! Since the 1800’s, important waterways have been dammed, preventing migrating fish from reaching their spawning grounds.
But in the 1970’s, Philly initiated a “fishway” program that got a big boost in the early 2000’s that’s led to the return of many native species we’d long assumed would be gone forever.
The fishways have been very successful! (Fairmount is the best known but there are also fishways at Flat Rock, Norristown and Black Rock dams).
Fish can easily swim up the “fish ladders” to their spawning grounds. While the fish pass though the network of pools, scientists gather important info and documentation.
Otters too! Even more — otters are particularly sensitive to pollution, so when one showed up on the “FishCam” a few years back, it was big news.
There’s even video: http://www.youtube.com/
Otters, by the way, are one of the few animals who play as adults (humans are also on that short list, ha!)
And beavers too have been seen lately!
The Schuylkill’s attracting HUMAN wildlife too. At last four tri-athalons take place here:
How about public river access for East Falls, so we can all better enjoy this awesome local resource? Click to add your comments and support a public landing in our neighborhood.