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Douglassville Bridge Log Jam Clearing; Trail closure, paddler warning and volunteer request

Apr 19, 2018 • by Schuylkill River Greenways
Important Trail News

Contractors have begun removing a log jam from under the Douglassville bike/pedestrian Bridge along the Thun Section of the Schuylkill River Trail, just west of Morlatton Village.  The build up of logs, debris and trash along the bridge piers has created a hazard for paddlers in the river, and, if allowed to continue, could undermine the bridge. 

We are seeking volunteers to assist with removal of trash during the project.  Schuylkill River Greenways NHA has hired Lewis Environmental, to remove the log jam. To stop the plastic bottles from floating downstream, they will be installing a hard boom into the river that will bring most  of the debris to the shore to be manually picked up. 

Volunteers are needed Friday the 20th and/or the 27th, between 9 and noon, to help empty the boom. Since all we need to do is pile trash bags on the shore for Lewis to transport to their dumpster, volunteers are also welcome to come out any time that fits their schedule over the next two weeks.

To volunteer, please contact Bob Folwell at [email protected] or call 484-945-0200.

Please note: The Schuylkill River Trail bridge will be closed to trail users throughout the cleanup, expected to last through early May. Learn more.

Paddlers should avoid the bridge area throughout the cleanup. Click here to learn more about the area to avoid

Read a Reading Eagle article about the cleanup

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