On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Water Department posted a photo on Facebook of an impressively large striped bass its employees caught on the Schuylkill.
Here's what the department's Lance Butler had to say about it:
"Being a PWD scientist for over 15 years, very little surprises me when I'm out in the field performing assessments, surveys, etc. I've had the rare opportunity to witness first-hand the trending resurgence of many aquatic species in the Schuylkill and Delaware drainages within and around Philly.
"In short, fifteen years ago, if anyone said to me that there are 40"+ striped bass, thousands of river herring (blueback and Alewife) and Shad, and over 50+ species of fish in the lower Schuylkill, I would have probably said that they were lying. Today, that 'myth' is reality and this picture is one that exemplifies this.