The Columbia County Board of Commissioners, working with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), have engaged Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) to develop the Fishing Creek Flood Mitigation Study. The goal of the study is to:
- Identify flooding problem areas within the County’s 18 municipalities,
- Mitigation options for the problems identified and implementable projects offered as a solution to those problems.
The study kicked off with a public meeting in July 2021 and a follow up public meeting held at the end of November 2021.
The County is holding a final public meeting to present the findings and recommendations of the study to the public, municipal officials, and its residents. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 31st starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Entrance for the meeting room is at the rear of the building.
For individuals who are unable to attend this event in-person, a pre-recorded presentation will become available on Monday, April 4th at: https://seda-cog.org/departments/flood-resiliency/columbia-county-flood-mitigation-studies/, under the “Other Resources” section.
A final report will be issued following this meeting.
HRG will start its presentation with an overview of their final report study findings and then break out into an open house session with smaller, more specialized areas presenting findings by sub-watershed study area for a personalized experience. The large Fishing Creek Study area has been broken down into four sub-watershed study areas:
- Upper Fishing Creek
- Middle Fishing Creek
- Little Fishing Creek
- Hemlock Creek/Lower Fishing Creek
Reservations can be accepted online at https://seda-cog.org/events/event/fishing-creek-flood-mitigation-study-3/ or by calling Geralee Zeigler, SEDA-COG’s Flood Resiliency Program Analyst, at 570-522-7218. SEDA-COG is assisting Columbia County in the grant administration of the studies. The study has been financed by grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority and the Department of Community and Economic Development.