Fairmount Dam Fish Passage Restoration    Project Details

Thu Jul 2, 2009

 The Fairmount Dam was created in 1820 to provide a source of drinking water for the City of Philadelphia.  This dam eliminated the ability for fish to migrate upstream.  In 1979 a fish ladder was constructed, but it had poor flow conditions at the fishway entrance, impeding entry by fish, as well as inappropriate internal flows, impeding passage of fish that do manage to enter the structure. These factors limit the successful migration of anadromous fish, including shad and river herring.  Restoration of the fish passage to correct these issues was just completed.  The future success of several upstream fish ladders was dependent on improving the operation of this ladder.



Live Fish Cam at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
PA Fish & Boat Commission - Restoring Migratory Fish to the Schuylkill

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