The photos show the landscape around the fish ladder just completed at the Norristown Dam and the newly constructed fish ladder at the water's edge. PECO/Exelon constructed the Norristown Fish ladder and turned over responsbility for it to Montgomery County Parks and Heritage Services when it was completed. Shad are already beginning to use similar fish ladders at the Fairmount Dam at Boat House Row and the Flat Rock Dam at Lower Merion. Construction of a fish ladder is underway at the Black Rock Dam just above Mont Clare in Upper Providence Township.
The PECO project manager for the Norristown Fish Ladder has already seen a number of fish swimming up through the fish ladder. The overall goal is to restore the historic migration patterns of shad. Shad naturally migrate up rivers such as the Schuylkill to spawn.
In conjunction with the Norristown Fish Ladder, a park/parking area/overlook has been constructed. A local businessman has done some additional landscape improvements to some land adjoining the fish ladder park. The result is a vastly cleaned up, and much more accessible, riverfront between the Dekalb bridge and the Upper Merion boathouse. Frosty Falls at the Dekalb bridge now serves sandwiches as well as ice cream and is looking forward to more activity along the riverfront. Bridgeport intends to try to obtain funds to improve canoe access and the stream corridor that enters the river just below the dam.