Thursday, April 24
Current RiverCast:
GREEN
Terms of Use

Welcome to Philly RiverCast

 

What is RiverCast?

The Philly 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:

GREEN: Water quality is suitable for all recreational activities.

YELLOW: Water quality may not be suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river.

RED: Water quality is not suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river.

 

Limitations of Philly RiverCast

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