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FEMA, Temple partner to assess floodplain risk

FEMA meeting
(Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg / University Photography)

Michel Boufadel (left), chair of civil and environmental engineering, discusses floodplain maps of the Pennypack Creek Watershed with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a recent meeting at the College of Engineering. 

FEMA is partnering with Temple to conduct an analysis of flood risk associated with the Pennypack Creek Watershed.

“Our meeting was very productive in that it allowed us to discuss the necessary steps for making the floodplain data compliant with the specifications of the National Flood Insurance Program,” said Gene Gruber (seated right), Mitigation Division director for FEMA’s Region III. 

“The final product will be incorporated into FEMA’s remapping of Bucks and Montgomery counties and will help communities protect lives and property from future flooding.” 

The floodplain analysis and mapping project with FEMA is being carried out by Boufadel and civil and environmental engineering students through the Center for Sustainable Communities at Ambler College, which is directed by Jeff Featherstone (standing right).

Pennypack Creek Watershed study

The Pennypack Creek Watershed study was a four-year project designed to completely map and provide updates to the floodplains of the watershed, suggest stormwater best management practices to avoid flooding in the future, provide recommendations for open space preservation, and analyze 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 engineering. (See a complete list of the watershed study research team.)

Preston M. Moretz




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