October 12, 2010
WHERE: Temple University Ambler, Learning Center Auditorium, 580 Meetinghouse Road
WHEN: Tuesday, October 19, 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
In late 2006, hundreds of homeowners in the Pennypack Creek Watershed were forced to face the realization that their homes were in danger of being flooded.
To help protect the safety of residents within the floodplain, the Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University embarked on a 4-year study of the Pennypack Creek Watershed to develop the most accurate floodplain maps possible.
On Tuesday, October 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will formally present updated Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) and a new Flood Insurance Study to municipal officials within the Pennypack and Sandy Run watersheds. The meetings will be held at 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Learning Center Auditorium at Temple University Ambler. Additional meetings will be held in Plymouth Township on October 20 and Upper Pottsgrove Township on October 27.
Municipal officials, township managers, solicitors, floodplain administrators, engineers, and planners have been invited to the meetings to discusses the newly released maps, the flood insurance study, and the National Flood Insurance Program. Following the meetings and the release of the maps, the affected communities are being requested to review the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps and suggest any corrections or make comments. After public notice, the municipalities will adopt the new maps and new or amended floodplain ordinances.
Researchers with Temple’s Center for Sustainable Communities spent four years completely studying the Pennypack Creek Watershed. The study provided updates to the floodplains of the Watershed, suggested stormwater best management practices to avoid flooding in the future, provided recommendations for open space preservation, and analyzed water quality in an 11-municipality region. The research team consisted of Temple University faculty members, experts, and students from disciplines including landscape architecture, horticulture, geology, geography, geographic information systems, urban and suburban studies, land use policy and planning, environmental justice and civil and environmental engineering.
The Pennypack Creek Watershed is comprises a 12-municipality, 56-square-mile area with a population of 640,000 people. Townships and boroughs involved include Abington, Bryn Athyn, Hatboro, Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Rockledge, Upper Dublin, Upper Moreland, Upper Southampton, and Warminster. A portion of northeast Philadelphia is also in the watershed, but was not part of this study.
The Study was funded by a $330,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation, a $192,500 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), $100,000 from participating municipalities, and $95,000 from the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC).
The Sandy Run Watershed was mapped as part of the Fort Washington Flooding and Transportation Improvement Study funded by Upper Dublin and Abington townships and FEMA. The Sandy Run is the largest tributary to the Wissahickon Creek and its 13-square-mile watershed comprises parts of four municipalities. It is home to the flood prone Fort Washington Office Park.
For more information on the Pennypack Creek Watershed Study and Fort Washington Study, visit www.ambler.temple.edu/csc.
CONTACT: James Duffy, 267-468-8108, firstname.lastname@example.org release available by e-mail