The CSC undertook the Pennypack Creek Watershed Study to help alleviate flooding and pollution in a 12-municipality area that encompasses parts of Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks counties. The study was funded predominantly by a $330,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation, a $192,500 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and a $100,000 from the participating municipalities.
The CSC’s study provided an updated set of floodplain maps for the watershed. University experts also conducted water-quality monitoring in addition to providing municipal officials with better technical information to implement open space and stream corridor protection plans. Researchers have also evaluated existing stormwater facilities to identify modifications that could help mitigate flooding problems.