Schuylkill River above Fairmount Dam Dredging Project

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Feb. 22, 2023

Background: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is managing a project to dredge portions of the Schuylkill River above the Fairmount Dam in Philadelphia, PA. The project is funded through a combination of the following sources: City of Philadelphia, State, local universities, William Penn Foundation, Schuylkill Navy and the rowing and paddling communities. Additionally, the Schuylkill River project recently received federal funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

Status: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District terminated its contract with Atlantic Subsea Inc. USACE then completed a re-procurement process and awarded a contract for dredging Sections 1 + 2 (Boathouse Row).  The contractor began test dredging in early August and completed construction of the Boathouse Row area in October 2022. Approximately 28,000 cubic yards of sediment were dredged from the section and placed in the Fort Mifflin Dredged Material Placement Area. USACE will coordinate with the City of Philadelphia and plans to award options for dredging other portions of the River above the Fairmount Dam. 

Steve Rochette