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River Projects: Floodplain Planning


Projects include: assisting communities faced with flood hazards; presenting regional workshops with the Association of State Floodplain Managers; coordinating with FEMA on potential post-disaster mitigation projects and encouraging multi-objective planning (MOM).

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Examples:

Land Along Delaware River Spared From Commercial Development

Bucks County, PA (November 24, 1999)— Thanks to a $1.05 million grant from the State of Pennsylvania, the Wildlands Conservancy protected 22 acres of Bucks County open space. The tract, along the east branch of Hough's Creek in Upper Makefield Township between the Delaware Canal Sate Park and Washington Crossing Historic Park in a rapidly growing area northeast of Philadelphia, had been slated for shopping center development. The property, entirely within the 100-year floodplain of the Delaware River, protects wetland habitat for red-bellied turtles. It is also adjacent to the area where General George Washington made his historic crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Eve. Ultimately the property will be transferred to the state park system. In addition to the state grant, Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, and TEA-21 also provided funding for the land acquisition. Protection of the site was identified as a high priority during the 1996 Lower Delaware International Countryside Exchange. The National Park Service was a key sponsor of the Exchange through both the Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic River Study and the Rivers & Trails program. Further assistance was provided to the township through development of the Lower Delaware River Management Plan as part of the Wild and Scenic River study. Contact: William Sharp, National Park Service, Rivers & Trails Program, Philadelphia, PA (215) 597-1655.

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New Heritage Trail in North Carolina

Princeville, NC (May 18, 2002) – The City of Princeville unveiled the initial three miles of the community's first walking trail on May 18, 2002 at a joyous celebration and cook-out. The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) helped the Princeville Tourism and Historical Society and citizens from throughout the community plan a system of multi-use trails linking significant community resources. The trail network will also include interpretive signage describing the history of the town and its citizens. This first trail segment is along the newly-rebuilt levee along the Tar River. Princeville was inundated with flooding in 1999 and has used this heritage trail to spur interest in the rebirth of the community. For more information, please contact Chris Abbett, Program Leader, at chris_abbett@nps.gov or 404-562-3175 ext. 522.

Pike County Surplus Floodplain Parcels Become New Community Park

South Williamson, KY (April 10, 2001) - The National Park Service's Federal Lands to Parks program transferred at no cost 6.6 acres for public park and recreation use from the Corps of Engineers to Pike County for a new park in South Williamson. Valued at $300,000, the property will provide open space for a ball field, picnic areas, shelters, horse show ring, walking trail, and support facilities. The transfer was negotiated by NPS Federal Lands to Parks's staff. For more information, please contact: Bill Huie, Federal Lands to Parks Program Manager, Atlanta, GA, (404) 562-3175.

Resources:

Riverwork Book ( 13 MB) Local river conservation planning efforts in a step-by-step format.

Floods, Floodplains and Folks (19 MB) A casebook in managing rivers for multiple uses. Case studies of multiple-objective approaches to river planning and flood loss reduction

Restoring Streams to Reduce Flood Loss
by National Park Service and Trout Unlimited, 1998.
Describes how flood control work causes more problems than it solves and how natural streams and floodplains work to reduce flood damage.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers

The Natural Hazards Center

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ideas for Building Local Sustainability After a Natural Disaster

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