Tidal Schuylkill River Corridor

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Delaware County Conservation District
The mission of the Conservation District is to ensure the wise use of Delaware County’s natural resources and to protect and restore the natural environment through the conservation of its soil, water, and related resources. The Conservation District with the direction and participation of the District Board will support, promote, and execute programs, regulations, and individual efforts, which are consistent with this goal. We will work with individuals, governmental units, and the regulated sector of society to prevent environmental degradation and advocate remediation of past environmental damage. Services will be provided in an expeditious, thorough, and considerate manner. Voluntary compliance will be the preferred method of administering all regulatory programs assigned to us, but we will follow through with the most appropriate enforcement action when violations cannot be resolved cooperatively.
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
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County Inventory Interactive Map
Tidal Schuyllkill River Corridor- Immediate Conservation Priorities and Notable Significance
Natural Heritage Inventory of Philadelphia County, PA
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xv Acting as a nesting and foraging area for a pair of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus), the northern portion of this reach of the Schuylkill River is otherwise fully urbanized and not noted for any other species of concern. Further downstream the tidal Schuylkill River helps support three plant species of concern at this site. Two, river bulrush (Schoenoplectus fluviatilis) and salt-marsh waterhemp (Amaranthus cannabinus), are known from a created wetland while the other, annual wild rice (Zizania aquatica), is known from the tidal mudflats found along the river banks. Because of safety concerns, a majority of this area has not been surveyed including the forest and wetland patches that have aerial photography signatures comparable to areas known to harbor species of concern. For this reason we believe this site will be found to host species concern and warrant a higher NHI significance ranking.
xvii While a significant proportion of this site lies within the 100- and 500-year floodplain of the Schuylkill River, it contains infrastructure for activities that are better conducted away from flowing water. The level of development within the floodplain indicates that this is not a significant barrier to continued development within the site. Protection of the riparian and tidal habitat still present within this site is imperative if this site is to eventually become a link for the Schuylkill River Trail. This site is in need of revegetation with native riparian species along most of its length along with the protection of open space and existing riparian habitat. Additionally, restoration projects within this site are threatened by invasion by non-native plant species. Finally, safe access along the whole of this site and safe passage across the Schuylkill River to and form Bartram’s Garden is needed.
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107 - 108 This portion of the river offers the greatest opportunity within Philadelphia for a significant restoration of natural river and floodplain habitat. There is already a significant area of undeveloped greenspace from Passyunk Avenue (Point Breeze) south to Penrose Avenue. It is very important that this stretch of greenspace be preserved from development.
108 Once the area is protected from development it can be examined for restoration opportunities. Among these opportunities will be the control of non-native invasive species and planting of appropriate native species. Other opportunities may be the restoration of areas of floodplain through reducing the height of or completely removing existing bulkheads. With the removal of the bulkheads the possibility of expanding the existing mudflats in the area can be examined along with replanting to native tidal plants. Revegetation will facilitate their stabilization and increase their environmental value by opening them up to new suites of species.