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New Maps And Guides Highlight Recreational Opportunities On The Schuylkill

For Immediate Release

February 19, 2003

(WEST TRENTON, N.J.)  - Updated recreation maps of the Schuylkill River have been prepared by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in partnership with the Schuylkill River Greenway Association and Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

The ten-map set covers the river from its headwaters near Tamaqua, Pa., to its confluence with the Delaware River at Philadelphia, some 125 miles downstream. Portions of the Little Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill's West Branch also are mapped.

The full color, waterproof maps depict public access areas along the river, as well as the location of riffles and rapids (white water), dams, bridges, forests, parks, and major highways. Sections of the river also are classified as to their degree of difficulty, based on ratings by the International Canoe Federation/America White Water Affiliation, field investigations, and published works about the Schuylkill.

In addition to the map set, the Schuylkill River Greenway Association has published the Schuylkill River Water Trail Guide, which includes detailed landing site maps, points of interest along the river, and travel tips and checklists to help paddlers and hikers enjoy a safe and informative journey. It is recommended that the guide be used in tandem with the maps. Order forms for the guide are included in the map set.

Proceeds from the sale of the guides will be reinvested into further development and maintenance of the Schuylkill River Water Trail. The map and guide projects were funded in part through a DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant.

Separately, the map set and guide cost $15 each. When purchased together, the price is $25 for both, a savings of $5. (The price includes shipping and handling.) To obtain the maps and guide, contact the Schuylkill River Greenway Association at 484-945-0200, or download an order form at www.schuylkillriver.org.

The DRBC is selling only the map set, originally issued in 1982. The cost is $15 per set. Ordering instructions can be found on the DRBC web site, www.drbc.net, or you can contact the commission in writing at P.O. Box 7360 West Trenton, NJ 08628, or by phone: 609-883-9500.