FROM CREEK TO SEWER: THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHILADELPHIA’S TOPOGRAPHY, 1682-2010

Posted August 19th, 2010 at 7:55 am.

Schuylkill Soundings Presents:
FROM CREEK TO SEWER:
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHILADELPHIA’S TOPOGRAPHY, 1682-2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
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As you walk on many of Philadelphia’s sidewalks, beneath your feet is a hidden world of streams that once crisscrossed the city. Join us on Wednesday, August 18 for a fascinating illustrated lecture that will uncover part of Philadelphia’s history that few people ever think about – the drastic changes made in Philadelphia’s landscape since its founding in 1682.

Historian and archivist Adam Levine has been digging into the history of the city’s sewers and drainage systems since 1998, and his talk will focus on the systematic obliteration of hundreds of miles of surface streams.
Buried deep underground in pipes as large as 20 feet in diameter, these former streams – some of which had watersheds that covered thousands of acres – became main drainage arteries in the city’s 3,000 mile sewer system. These massive alterations to the landscape, undertaken over two centuries, have environmental repercussions that are still being felt today.

Adam has been studying and discussing this subject for years, and each time his lecture is different. For Schuylkill Soundings, he will be showing new photographs and maps that will amaze even the crustiest sewer or watershed specialist.

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