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Schuylkill River Named 2014 PA River of the Year!
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Schuylkill River Named 2014 PA River of the Year!

Schuylkill River - Rive of the year 2014Frozen or not, Philly’s own Schuylkill River was named the 2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year by the PA Organization for Watersheds & Rivers. Our hometown river won 43% of the popular vote during a 5-week voting period. The recognition even got a mention from last night’s Philadelphia2035 update.

Along with this honor, the Schuylkill River Greenway Association (who nominated the river and manages the area) will receive a $10,000 Leadership grant. The last time we won this award was 1999, and the only other time in the past 30 years.

This is huge progress from the heavily polluted Schuylkill. Formerly almost declared a wasteand, the PA state agreed to take on the Schuylkill River Project in 1945 to clean up the coal waste and pollutants dumped into the river. Efforts to revitalize the river and waterway, from trails, outdoor activities and water quality for drinking are ongoing but clearly making progress.

We’re pretty psyched for anything Philadelphia wins. Plus, we enjoy our long bike rides by the Schuylkill.

Readers, have you enjoyed or explored near the Schuylkill lately?

 

 

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

2 thoughts on “Schuylkill River Named 2014 PA River of the Year!

  1. I went for a bike ride a couple weeks ago on one of those freakish 50+ degree days. The river and the trail looked surprisingly beautiful, given the time of year! (no leaves and all…)

  2. Great to hear @cronmoax:disqus! I did the same thing on one of those freakishly warm days. Glad we had such a great trail to use! 🙂

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