Riparian Buffers For Seven Counties In Pennsylvania (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia)


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:Heritage Conservancy
Publication_Date:2000
Title:
Riparian Buffers For Seven Counties In Pennsylvania (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia)
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:vector digital data
Online_Linkage: http://www.pasda.psu.edu/
Description:
Abstract:
During 2000 - 2004, 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. The conservancy then assessed various watersheds in southeastern Pennsylvania and mapped waterways lacking riparian forest buffers.  The assessment included the main stem, tributaries and small headwater streams.

Interpretation of 1" = 400' black-and-white high altitude aerial photographs, Orthophotos, and videotape from helicopter over flights were used to determine the presence or absence of a forested buffer for 1,200 miles of stream. The forest buffer conditions were classified and digitized into a Geographic Information System (GIS).

A series of large-scale (1" = 400') maps were produced showing sections of stream bank lacking forest buffers. Local conservation groups were given the maps to assist them in targeting areas for riparian buffer plantings to improve water quality.
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:2000
Currentness_Reference:
publication date
Status:
Progress:Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency:As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -75.883468
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -74.751653
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.962379
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 39.800100
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:Sean Sullivan
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:ssullivan@heritageconservancy.org
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: 7county_rbap_spf83.shp
Browse_Graphic_File_Description:
Shapefile of Riparian Buffers for seven counties in Pennsylvania
Browse_Graphic_File_Type:ESRI Shapefile
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 1; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.0.0.535
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Data_Quality_Information:
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Contribution:
Data source is 1995 1"=400' aerial photography from regional planning commissions.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
1"=400' aerial photographs were scanned and then georeferenced to UTM, Zone 18, NAD27, Units Meters, Spheroid Clarke1866.  The GIS Technician methodically classified the forest buffer status according to the benchmarks and digitized on-screen the sections of stream bank lacking or with a partial forest buffer. Where the stream bank appeared to be lacking a forest buffer on both sides, the section was classified as lacking forest buffer on both sides. Otherwise, each side of the creek was treated separately. Small water bodies such as man-made farm ponds were not assessed. Larger water bodies, such as the shore of Lake Galena, an impoundment on the North Branch of the Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County, were assessed.
The data has been reprojected to Pennsylvania State Plane Feet, NAD83
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
E:\Metadata\heritage_template.xml
Process_Date:2000 -2004
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
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Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
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Point_and_Vector_Object_Count:13880
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Map_Projection:
Map_Projection_Name:Lambert Conformal Conic
Lambert_Conformal_Conic:
Lambert Conformal Conic
Standard_Parallel:39.933333
Standard_Parallel:40.966667
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian:-77.750000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin:39.333333
False_Easting:1968500.000000
False_Northing:0.000000
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Ordinate_Resolution:0.001024
Planar_Distance_Units:survey feet
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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: 7county_rbap_spf83
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:FID
Attribute_Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
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Attribute_Domain_Values:
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Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:Shape
Attribute_Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
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Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:ID
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:STATUS
Attribute_Definition:
Lacking Forest Buffer - defined as stream bank lacking 50' wide forest AND less than 50% canopy closure.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Heritage Conservancy
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:LENGTH
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
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
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:
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Transfer_Size:0.038
Digital_Transfer_Option:
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Access_Instructions:
www.pasda.psu.edu
Fees:none
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date:20051114
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
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