There was a nice article in the Pottstown Mercury yesterday outlining the installation of a Fish Ladder in the Black Rock Dam on the Schuylkill River in Phoenixville. This ladder, in conjunction with other ladders either installed or repaired downriver over the past few years, is meant to open up previously blocked waterways to migratory fish, most notably the American Shad.
Much like the Delaware River today, at one time American Shad were plentiful in the Schuylkill River as well. As a matter of fact the Fishtown section of Philadelphia holds an annual "Shadfest" festival to celebrate the importance that shad played in the area's heritage (though shad are few and far between today).
Ideally, these series of ladders will enable the shad (& other species) the passage they need to reach their spawning grounds and not only replenish what was once a vibrant population, but also provide anglers with another great sport fishing opportunity. It obviously won't happen overnight, but if managed correctly, at least they now have a fighting chance.
For the full article on the Pottstown Mercury website, follow the link below: