Removal of Kent Park Dam at Drexel Hill, PA

Description: The Kent Park Dam was a stone dam that was approximately 10 feet high and 90 feet long. The age of the dam is unknown; it appears in the PA DEP Division of Dam Safety records in 1919, but likely dates to the early- or mid-1800s. The dam was previously breached on river left and was owned by Delaware County. Removal of the dam and associated bank stabilization activities were completed in October 2012.

Benefits of removal: Removal of the dam eliminated the direct cause of the backwater condition that negatively impacted in-stream habitat and water quality. It also allows for the movement of resident and migratory fishes, and eliminates a safety hazard.

Darby Creek - Kent Park dam removal | © Laura Craig