Logjam Threatens Bridge, Paddlers Along River

DOUGLASSVILLE PA – A log jam beneath a bridge that serves a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the Schuylkill River (above), just west of Berks County’s historic Morlatton Village, is creating a hazard for recreational users and will be professionally cleared between today (Friday, April 20, 2018) and early May, according to the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area.

The danger? The build up of logs, debris, and trash along the bridge piers threatens canoe and kayak paddlers in the river. If allowed to continue, it also “could undermine the bridge,” the organization said in an e-mail Thursday (April 19). Lewis Environmental, an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Royersford, has been hired to remove the jam.

The bridge will be closed to trail users throughout the clean-up, and paddlers should avoid the bridge area, it added.

Part of Lewis’ work will include installation of a “hard boom into the river” that’s intended to stop plastic bottle and other trash from floating downstream, according to Greenways. It’s expected to bring most debris to the river shoreline to be manually collected.

The group is asking volunteers to report today and April 27 (Friday) to the site between 9 a.m. and noon to help with the clean-up. Bags of trash will be piled on the shore so Lewis can haul them away. Volunteers are asked to contact Bob Folwell at rfolwell@schuylkillriver.org or call 484-945-0200.

Photo from Schuylkill River Greenways