Riparian Buffers in Southeast Pennsylvania


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:Heritage Conservancy
Publication_Date:201212
Title:
Riparian Buffers in Southeast Pennsylvania
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:vector digital data
Online_Linkage: http://www.pasda.psu.edu/
Description:
Abstract:
During 2011 - 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), as part of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program and Pennsylvania Stream ReLeaf, funded Heritage Conservancy to develop a rapid assessment method to identify and map sections of stream lacking riparian forest buffers. Montgomery County Planning Commission provided in-kind funding for the project as well as completing the assessment portion in Montgomery Count. Heritage Conservancy completed the assessment for the areas in Bucks County and Philadelphia County. Both organizations then mapped waterways lacking riparian forest buffers.  The assessment included the main stem, tributaries and small headwater streams.

The 1' pixel resolution 2010 aerials from DVRPC served as the basis for the riparian conditions along the waterways. The forest buffer conditions were classified and digitized into a Geographic Information System (GIS).

This dataset is an assessment of the same area completed back in 200-2004. The same methodology of creating 50 foot buffers from the edge of water to assess the tree cover in this area was used. The stream centerline is used to represent the classification of whether one side, both sides, or neither side has tree cover. In addition to the three categories from the previous assessment, the category of culvert was added to incorporate areas where there was not an opportunity for tree cover.
Purpose:
To identify stream banks within watersheds of Southeast Pennsylvania lacking riparian forest buffers
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date:201212
Currentness_Reference:
publication date
Status:
Progress:Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency:As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate:-75.859950
East_Bounding_Coordinate:-74.783490
North_Bounding_Coordinate:40.947970
South_Bounding_Coordinate:39.814870
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:ISO Metadata Standard 19115.3
Theme_Keyword:Riparian
Theme_Keyword:buffer
Theme_Keyword:forest
Theme_Keyword:forest buffer
Theme_Keyword:watershed
Theme_Keyword:river
Theme_Keyword:stream
Theme_Keyword:inlandwaters
Place:
Place_Keyword:Pennsylvania
Place_Keyword:Berks County
Place_Keyword:Bucks County
Place_Keyword:Chester County
Place_Keyword:Delaware County
Place_Keyword:Montgomery County
Place_Keyword:Northampton County
Place_Keyword:Philadelphia County
Access_Constraints:none
Use_Constraints:
The information conveyed in this data is regional in nature and is not suited for site-specific studies.  The user shall hold Heritage Conservancy harmless from any suits, claims, or action arising out of the use of this data or accompanying documentation.  In addition, data may not be sold.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:Heritage Conservancy
Contact_Person:Susan Myerov
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:mailing address
Address:
85 Old Dublin Pike
City:Doylestown
State_or_Province:Pennsylvania
Postal_Code:18901
Country:United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone:215-345-7020
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone:215-345-4328
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:smyerov@heritageconservancy.org
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: RBA_2012.shp
Browse_Graphic_File_Description:
Shapefile of Riparian Buffers for Southeast Pennsylvania
Browse_Graphic_File_Type:ESRI Shapefile
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows 7, ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 5
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Data_Quality_Information:
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Contribution:
Data source is 2010 1' pixel resolution aerial imagery from DVRPC.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Aerial photographs from 2010 were scanned by analysts at a fixed scale of 1"=200'. The water edges were buffered 50' and this area was assessed with the tree cover on both sides. The categories are one-side has cover, both sides have cover, neither side has cover, and culvert. The culvert classification would be for streams that do not have the opportunity to have tree cover, such as areas where the stream is piped under a road.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
E:\Metadata\heritage_template.xml
Process_Date:2010
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Metadata imported.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
E:\UCI\NHD\paseriparianbuffers.xml
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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method:Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name:North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name:Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis:6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio:298.257222
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label:RiparianBufferAssessment_2012
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:FID
Attribute_Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Shape
Attribute_Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Stream_Typ
Attribute_Definition:
Stream Classification
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Heritage Conservancy/Montgomery County Planning Commission
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value:1
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Tree cover on 1 side
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value:2
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Tree cover on both sides
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value:3
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Tree cover is not possible
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value:0
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
No tree cover on either side
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Feet
Attribute_Definition:
Length of Segment (feet)
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Miles
Attribute_Definition:
Length of Segment (Miles)
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:mailing address
Address:
115 Land and Water Building
City:University Park
State_or_Province:Pennsylvania
Postal_Code:16802
Country:United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone:814-865-8792
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:pasda@psu.edu
Resource_Description:Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
The USER shall indemnify, save harmless, and, if requested, defend those parties involved with the development and distribution of this data, their officers, agents, and employees from and against any suits, claims, or actions for injury, death, or property damage arising out of the use of or any defect in the FILES or any accompanying documentation. Those parties involved with the development and distribution excluded any and all implied warranties, including warranties or merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and makes no warranty or representation, either express or implied, with respect to the FILES or accompanying documentation, including its quality, performance, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. The FILES and documentation are provided "as is" and the USER assumes the entire risk as to its quality and performance. Those parties involved with the development and distribution of this data will not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the FILES or any accompanying documentation.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
File_Decompression_Technique:zip
Transfer_Size:0.038
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Access_Instructions:
www.pasda.psu.edu
Fees:none
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date:20121128
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:mailing address
Address:
115 Land and Water Building
City:University Park
State_or_Province:Pennsylvania
Postal_Code:16802
Country:United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone:814-865-8792
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:pasda@psu.edu
Metadata_Standard_Name:FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version:FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention:local time
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage: http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html
Profile_Name:ESRI Metadata Profile
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage: http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html
Profile_Name:ESRI Metadata Profile
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