Holmesburg Dam Removal

Description

The Holmesburg Dam was a dry-laid stone dam constructed on the lower Pennypack Creek, 2.2 miles upstream of the confluence with the Delaware River. By 2006 most of the dam had fallen into the creek, but migratory fish still could not move upstream through the fallen rock. In November 2006, all remnants of the dam were removed from the creek and used to armor the eroded west streambank. A dozen or so rocks were strategically placed in the channel to provide resting points for fish migrating upstream.

Location

County: Philadelphia
Watershed: Pennypack Creek

Partners

American Rivers
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Philadelphia Water Department
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Cost

$25,000 (All Construction)

Contact

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
215.683.3600

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