August 12, 2016
ISSUE | SCHUYLKILL RIVER Slow rowing The Summer Olympic Games have begun, and Philadelphians are justifiably proud of local rowers who trained on our beautiful stretch of the Schuylkill River (From the Schuylkill to Rio," Aug. 3). Accumulating silt and the resulting weeds and debris along the rowing course, however, is threatening the long tradition of this iconic Philadelphia sport. Weed-whacking barges must clear the racecourse before regattas. The docks along Boathouse Row are mere inches above the waterline.
July 28, 2016 |
Nearly a year after a major dredging operation began shutting it down, boating on the Cooper River seemed back to normal Tuesday. Sailboats tacked into light breezes, a kayak skimmed along the Pennsauken shore, and three sleek shells packed with young rowers from Moorestown glided west. But shouts and a shrill whistle - even a waterborne visit from "law enforcement" - will greet any boater who gets close to that new line of white buoys stretched across the river. To its east lie the two miles of submerged pipes, suction equipment, and dredge boats of Camden County's $10.5 million channel-deepening operation, which resumed July 1 after a three-month pause.
May 14, 2016 |
Two weeks ago, Paul Laskow watched plumes of mud rise in the Schuylkill as rowers tried to push their boats off from the docks at Boathouse Row. Normally, the water surrounding the docks is six feet deep. But these days, outside some boathouses, Laskow says, you can sit on the dock, put your hand in the water, and touch the river bottom. Sediment buildup caused by the Schuylkill's various dams has long been a problem along Boathouse Row and the racecourses just upriver. With the annual Dad Vail Regatta getting underway Friday, the river is long overdue for a dredging, said Laskow, who runs the river restoration committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the governing body of Boathouse Row. Funds to dredge the river, however, are hard to come by. Laskow and his committee have been working for three years to get a dredging barge up the Schuylkill.
April 30, 2016 |
The spectacular view of the Cooper River remains the same at the new Cooper House restaurant, while the place has been given a complete makeover and new menu. More than a year after upgrades began to spruce up the once-popular Lobster Trap, the restaurant is only weeks away from opening. Besides its new name, the restaurant, closed since 2013, will have a new lease when it officially opens June 5. The building is owned by Camden County. There will be no TVs or stools at the bar, which will offer locally brewed beer and wines from South Jersey.
April 27, 2016 |
Two environmental groups announced Monday that they are suing the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation to try to block creation of a 26-acre dredge disposal site on Barnegat Bay. Environment New Jersey, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and a coalition of homeowners near the proposed site said they are challenging the DEP for allowing the transportation agency to develop the property without proper...
April 9, 2016 |
A soon-to-be released report commissioned by Camden County is expected to bring greater potency to residents' and county officials' demands for the dredging of Kirkwood Lake. The report by Sadat Associates will claim that contamination from the upstream Superfund site is entering the lake and passing downstream to the Cooper River, according to Emery Coppola Jr. of Sadat. It will also say the lake is threatened without dredging. Preliminary findings of the report were discussed at a public meeting Thursday night at Voorhees Town Center.
March 8, 2016 |
A dredging operation on the Cooper River is taking longer than expected, Camden County officials say, and rowing teams likely will not be allowed on the water before May 1, disrupting the practice schedules of hundreds of rowers. A May start would be two months later than the county told a meeting of coaches in early February, and not what the Haddon Township Crew Club imagined as members towed their floating docks into place on Feb. 21. "My expectation was that we'd be starting practices out there two days ago," Haddon's visibly disappointed head coach, Gregg Francis, said Thursday on learning of the delay.
February 12, 2016 |
A bitter wind was snapping flags and rippling the Cooper River on Wednesday as Jamie Stack strode the snow-clad riverbank toward a chain-link fence. "Out of the west. This is a typical wind," said Stack, head coach of the South Jersey Rowing Club and manager of the Camden County Boathouse. Straight, narrow, and scenic, the Cooper has for decades been a destination for national and collegiate rowing championships and home to dozens of local teams. But an environmentally sensitive dredging operation launched in August to deepen its notoriously shallow racecourse is taking longer to complete than anticipated, county officials said this week.
September 21, 2015 |
These days, only a strong breeze ruffles the Cooper River where rowers, sailors, and water enthusiasts once thrived. Activity has been suspended on the bustling Camden County waterway in the latest Cooper River Park improvement phase, which includes dredging. The project is expected to be completed by spring and drastically change the landscape and add new amenities around the popular 374-acre attraction. Work is underway on a new restaurant to be operated by a celebrity chef and other changes that officials hope will draw more visitors to an area that already pumps millions into the local economy.
October 18, 2014 |
Vice President Biden toured a dredging barge at Penn's Landing on Thursday to show support for the project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel. Biden, the latest high-profile politician to visit the region in recent days, was flanked by a phalanx of Pennsylvania Democrats - U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah. Before delivering remarks on the ongoing deepening of the Delaware, Biden and the delegation were taken on a tour of the large barge by Brian Puckett, project manager for Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Co. The vessel's main feature, a dredging bucket that can haul as much as two dump trucks, immediately caught Biden's eye. "That's a hell of a bucket," the vice president said after walking a gangplank onto the ship.