|Posted:||May 23, 2018 11:06 AM|
|From:||Representative Morgan Cephas|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Resolution Urging the United States Congress to Allocate Funding for the Dredging of the Schuylkill River|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution that would urge the United States Congress to allocate funding for the specific purpose of dredging the Schuylkill River.
A federal law enacted in 1996 requires that sediment from a portion of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia and its suburbs be removed and disposed of periodically. However, sediment-related dredging in the river has not occurred since 1999.
A 3.5 mile span of the Schuylkill River located between the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and the Columbia Railroad Bridge is the home of a national rowing racecourse and annually hosts a multitude of rowing and regatta activities. Over the past 18 years, portions of the Schuylkill River have gradually filled with silt and debris, creating shallow conditions that have directly affected rowers’ abilities to traverse certain lanes of the racecourse. Unfortunately, aspects of fairness have been called into question since certain rowers are placed at a competitive disadvantage due to shallow waters, which also pose a serious health and safety risk for all participants.
The presence of rowing and its long history in Philadelphia have enhanced the quality of life, not only for those individuals who partake in water sports, but for nearly all the residents of the city since these activities have been and continue to be a tremendous economic driver for the local economy.
Please join me in urging the United States Congress to take action to ensure that Philadelphia remains one of the nation’s finest rowing cities.
Introduced as HR979