Schuylkill Dredging Project receives $ 5 million from Federal Infrastructure Bill – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Plans are moving forward to clean up the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, thanks to funding from the Infrastructure Act, which was recently signed by President Joe Biden. Community members will be briefed on Saturday on how this clearing project will proceed.
CBS3 has been covering this story since the summer, but the rose community has been trying for years to get this elaboration project completed. Thanks to the new federal funding, it looks like their wishes are coming true.
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The announcement was made late Friday night by Senator Bob Casey. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received $ 5 million for the project. The problem is debris flowing downstream from storms.
The river was supposed to be excavated in 2020, but a contract between Army Corps and contractor Atlantic Subsea was terminated in the middle of the project. The company said at the time that they encountered larger items than expected and could not complete the work.
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Funding comes from the two-part infrastructure law and a law on disaster funding. There is some concern among those in the rose community that if this project is not completed, the city could lose famous regattas.
The problem is that boats and oars can run on the ground if the water is not deep enough.
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The space community will be informed about the project later today. Funds have also been allocated to deepen the Delaware River down by the ports.