Creek Planning & Recovery

Comprehensive Approach

The September 2013 flooding resulted in extensive damage to public and private property. Making good creek recovery decisions requires engineering analyses and knowledge of all actions being taken along the creek corridors to avoid risks including

  • Bridges and culverts not being sized correctly to handle floods
  • Access structures being in the wrong location or elevation to connect to new road alignments
  • Debris and sediments in creek beds that could cause new flood risk
  • Damaged irrigation ditch diversion structures
  • Higher groundwater, which could cause basement flooding, freezing around foundations, and further issues to septic and well systems

Our constituents voiced the need for a comprehensive approach to addressing creek recovery. The Comprehensive Creek Planning Initiative (CCP) will provide a forum to

  • Understand concerns, goals, and ideas from property owners, residents, and related interests
  • Evaluate changes to the creek location, elevation, and natural resources that should inform short term and long term decisions
  • Coordinate local, state and federal agencies that regulate, permit or fund recovery activities

News & Presentations

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St. Vrain Creek

Community outreach meetings were recently held to gather input from land owners along the St. Vrain Creek.


St. Vrain Recovery & Restoration Team (R2T)

R2T is comprised of representatives from Boulder County Parks & Open Space, City of Longmont, Town of Lyons, St. Vrain & Left Hand Water Conservancy District, and a local landowner. The purpose of R2T is to coordinate flood recovery efforts along St. Vrain Creek from approximately U.S. 36 to County Line Road. R2T members will help coordinate both the short-term recovery and the long-term restoration efforts throughout the St. Vrain Creek corridor in this area.


Coal Creek & Rock Creek

The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) will perform a Major Drainageway and Planning Study and Flood Hazard Area Delineation services for Coal Creek and Rock Creek. The analysis covers a 54-square-mile area stretching from Colo. 128 in Superior to the northern limits of Erie. The purpose of the study, which began nearly two years ago, is to analyze the floodplains along 40 streamside miles of both creeks and create a comprehensive plan that provides recommended improvements to bridges and other structures in the drainageway.


Lefthand Creek

Community outreach meetings were recently held to gather input from land owners along the Lefthand Creek.


Fourmile, Fourmile Canyon & Twomile Canyon Creeks

Community outreach meetings were recently held to gather input from land owners along the Fourmile, Fourmile Canyon & Twomile Canyon Creeks.


Boulder & South Boulder Creeks

Community outreach meetings were recently held to gather input from land owners along the Boulder & South Boulder Creeks.


County Owned Lands

County owned open space properties suffered extensive creek-related damages including significant breaches, creek channel changes, bank incisions, debris and sediment deposits and access road damage. There are three creek recovery teams focused on county owned properties along the St. Vrain Creek, Boulder Creek, Rock Creek, Coal Creek and Lefthand Creek. These teams are staffed with planners, outreach specialists, water resource specialists, wildlife biologists, plant ecologists, and GIS specialists. The teams will provide inter-disciplinary support and will also work closely with the CCP team.


Contacts

Julie McKay
720-564-2662
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