What is RiverCast?
is a forecast of water quality that predicts potential levels of pathogens in
the Schuylkill River between Flat Rock Dam and Fairmount Dam (i.e., between
Manayunk and Boathouse Row)(Show Map).
The Schuylkill River, like all working rivers, is not a pristine body of water
and is subject to contamination from many sources and activities that either
discharge directly, or enter
the river during rain events. Because rivers are vulnerable to such
contamination, recreation in or upon any body of water has with it an inherent
risk of illness and infection for the individual involved.
RiverCast Water Quality Designations:
quality is suitable for all recreational activities.
quality may not be suitable for activities involving direct contact with the
quality is not suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river.
Inherent uncertainty and
potential for error is associated with any forecast of water quality.
Therefore, the RiverCast should be considered a guideline and general estimate
of water quality at a given period of time and not a direct measurement of
water quality. Other information, policies, regulations, public health
statements, data, or observations should be considered in addition to any
RiverCast before any individual or organizational river recreation occurs. The
RiverCast does not endorse or permit activities that are in violation of any
City, State, and Federal policies, regulations and laws.
For more information about Philadelphia's Watersheds and watershed
planning efforts, please visit www.phillywatersheds.org