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WFMZ Video of Schuylkill Sojourn

Wed Jun 10, 2009 / Dee Ross

Dozens are breaking out their oars and are set to row more than 100 miles down the Schuylkill River for a good cause. WFMZ's Dwayne Parker has the story. [ WEB LINK: ( Schuylkill River Heritage Area ) ] Dozens of kayaks and canoes floated into Berks County for the 11th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, sponsored by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. For seven days, over 100 river enthusiasts plan to paddle down the Schuylkill River. >> KURT ZWIKL: The temperatures have been good, very low humidity. >> REPORTER: The 113-mile journey started in Schuylkill Haven this weekend. But organizers say they're looking for more than just a wild ride. They're looking to stress the importance of river cleanliness. Even workshops were given throughout the journey like this one, which teaches how clams help filter the water. >> KURT ZWIKL: The Schuylkill River is a source of drinking water for over a million people in the region, so we're trying to draw attention to keeping it a clean and safe source of drinking water. >> REPORTER: Joe Gallagher bought his kayak a year ago, and says he had his doubts about the trip. >> JOE GALLAGHER: I was a little apprehensive, but once you get in that thing it goes so fast that you want to get back and do it again. >> REPORTER: But Joe says he was also was comforted that organizers took safety precautions seriously. >> JOE GALLAGHER: And if you flip over there's people there to help you right away, so it's really been a great trip. >> REPORTER: Cody Goddar, the official photographer for the sojourn, has been making this trip since he was 8. But he says you don't have be a water fanatic to join in the fun. >> CODY GODDARD: I think it's really nice for people to feel some connection to the river that a lot of times they don't until they do something like this that they really realize how much of an impact we have on them. >> REPORTER: The final stop on their journey will be Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. Organizers are hoping participants will walk away with a greater appreciation of the Schuylkill River.. in addition to some seriously sore arms.


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Lock 60 Rules

Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:55 PM / Dave Hamilton

Lock 60 is hands down one the favorite stops along the Sojourn. Although, we must admit that Yuengling Brewery gave a run for our money this year. The only working lock on the Schuylkill River and the best band of river men and women carrying on the great traditions of the crew of the Dolphin..