The Schuylkill Looked Pretty Brown Today…And Philadelphians Are ON IT

Oh waddup Managing Editor of Philadelphia Magazine Annie Monjar?

Thanks, bro.

Congratulations, Tom, you win the prize! It was last night’s massive rain that caused the brown color. Environmentally speaking, by the way, brown rivers are actually a good thing. As the prevalence of acid rain has subsided since the ’70s, a 2007 Nature study found, (brown-looking) organic matter has become more soluble, and now slips much more easily into our water streams. Before the heydey of acid-drenched soil, in other words, brown water was probably not so uncommon.

And now, without further ado: