The Columbia County Commissioners are holding another round of public meetings for all residents, businesses, and municipal officials to learn more about the Fishing Creek Watershed and West End flood mitigation studies. The meetings will be held at separate locations:
• Tuesday, November 30th starting at 6:30PM – Fishing Creek Flood Mitigation Study
Held in the Large Meeting Room, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Entrance for the meeting room is at the rear of the building.
• Wednesday, December 1st starting at 6:30PM – West End Flood Mitigation Study
Held at the Bloomsburg Fire Department, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA.
Reservations can be accepted online at http://seda-cog.org/events/event/fishing-creek-flood-mitigation-study/ and http://seda-cog.org/events/event/west-end-flood-mitigation-study/ or by calling, Flood Resiliency Program Analyst Geralee Zeigler, SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) at 570-522-7218.
Individuals who are interested in attending should register for the session independently or for both sessions. SEDA-COG is assisting Columbia County in the grant administration of the studies. Both projects have been financed by grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority and the Department of Community and Economic Development. Matt Vanaskie, Senior Project Manager at Herbert, Rowland and Grubic, Inc. said, “HRG is excited to review progress of the Fishing Creek Watershed flood mitigation study with Columbia County municipalities and residents.
To date our work has focused on understanding flooding and wet weather issues in the County based on available information and stakeholder feedback. At this meeting we are seeking to engage the community again to review noted problem areas and preview development/assessment of strategies and solutions that may mitigate flooding and wet weather issues.” Borton-Lawson’s project Technical Lead, Tom Lawson said, “In this second public meeting we will be presenting an overview of our evaluation of existing flood impacts, results of the public survey, preliminary floodwall concepts, as well as non-floodwall flood mitigation alternatives. Before the formal meeting, we will have maps of the study area on display and team members will be available to answer any questions.”
SEDA-COG is a community and economic development agency in Lewisburg and is one of seven Local Development Districts in Pennsylvania. SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in the 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives.