Heavy rain sends trash down the Schuylkill, but don't expect it to be cleaned up soon

The city can't deploy waterway health teams yet.

Shara Dae Howard
August 15, 2018 - 9:53 am
Trash floats down the Schuylkill River after recent heavy rains in the Philadelphia area.

Shara Dae Howard/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After recent heavy rainfall in the Philadelphia region, there are reports of an unsightly pile of trash floating down the Schuylkill River. Along Boathouse Row everything from basketballs and balloons to plastic bottles can be seen in waves of floating debris. 

Dan Bradley, from the city, said a variety of debris gets washed down from surface waste and jurisdictions further up the river, and it poses a danger to the river. 

"The reason we're so focused on removing it is we don't want it to clog the inlet," Bradley said.

Bradly says the city does have teams focused on waterway health that go out to clean up the river. But the city can't deploy them yet.

"We know we're getting more rain, so there's no point in putting personel out there to remove it right away," he said. "It's important before they go out that river flow rates slow down a little bit." 

So it may be a while before those heaping piles of river trash are removed.