You guys, this could quite possibly be the most scenic bike ride you ever take, like, ever: On September 20th and 21st, the Pedaling Through Our National Parks Bike Ride will take on over 60-miles of trails throughout three national parks around Philly—the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park. Just think of all the Instagram gold to be had!
That sinkhole in Valley Forge Park yesterday? Yeah, it resulted in 5 million gallons of sewage spilling into Valley Creek — a tributary of the Schuylkill.
Spare your jokes at how anyone would be able to tell in the Schuylkill. KYW 1060’s Brad Segall talked to a state environmental official:
State conservation officer Bob Bonney says the environmental impact may not be known for some time.
“Right now, the immediate impact — we’re fortunate that this time of the year it’s cold,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “There’s high oxygen levels in the water, still, and we have not observed any dead fish. And that’s our main concern.”
We’ll know eventually! Great. The reason this impacts us: Philly gets its drinking water from the Delaware and Schuylkill. (And, y’know, general environmental concerns.) The water main break — which was blamed on unfixed aging infrastructure — spilled sewage into Valley Creek for hours; crews are continuing repair work.
Jeopardy! contestants are among the smartest people on television. And, once qualifying for Jeopardy! — something I failed to do — these incredibly smart people study beforehand and brush up on weaknesses.
But, despite recently being named Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for consecutive years, the Schuylkill River remains a mystery to these very smart people. The Jeopardy! Clue Crew did a whole round from Valley Forge on Monday night, and one clue was a triple-stumper.