The Environment

The physical environment of the region is affected by the ways in which the region's communities house and transport themselves, and by the ways in which their businesses and homes generate and handle human and industrial by-products. Signs of environmental awareness are present as states, counties, and communities provide for green space and for remediation of environmental damage. Signs of continuing environmental stress can also be found in the ways in which a variety of toxins expose communities across the region to health risks. These indicators measure aspects of environmental conditions and public support for environmental improvement.

Indicator 12.1: Parks and protected lands
Indicator 12.2: Proximity to superfund and regulated disposal sites
Indicator 12.3: Flood zone impacts
Indicator 12.4: Airborne risk impacts

Indicator 11.1: Parks and protected lands
Indicator 11.2: Airborne risk levels
Indicator 11.3: Regional floodplains
Indicator 11.4: Impervious surfaces

Indicator 11.1: Parks and protected lands
Indicator 11.2: Hazardous waste generation, storage, and transportation
Indicator 11.3: Toxic chemical releases

Additional Publications

Pennypack Creek Watershed Study  

The Pennypack Creek Watershed covers 56 square miles of twelve municipalities and includes a population of more than 300,000 people (2000 Census). Over the past thirty years, the watershed has undergone considerable development and suburbanization. This has led to a number of problems, including increased incidence of flooding and ecological degradation. The key issues identified in this watershed are unplanned land development, poor stormwater management, impaired water quality, and outdated floodplain maps. Published by The Center for Sustainable Communities, Temple University, Ambler Campus, 2006

Additional Resources

American Forests

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)

Note: Together with commentary, maps and figures for various indicators can be viewed by navigating to linked indicator titles. Maps and data are also available by navigating to the maps/data page of this site. Users who download any of the supporting data must download this MPIP Indicators Codebook to obtain full descriptions of the mnemonic variable names in the data spreadsheets. (download MPIP Indicators Codebook)

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