Feb 11, 2021

Boulder, Colorado, Launches Storm Water Master Plan Questionairre

Boulder, Colorado, has launched a new questionnaire on Be Heard Boulder to collect information on what issues are important to community members related to flood and storm water management in the city.

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The city of Boulder, Colorado, has launched a new questionnaire on Be Heard Boulder to collect information on what issues are important to community members related to flood and storm water management in the city.

According to the city’s press release, the feedback will help inform focus areas and engagement strategies for an upcoming update to the city’s Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan. The questionnaire closes Feb. 22.

Boulder faces the highest risk of flash flooding for any city in Colorado, according to the city.

The Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan was last updated in 2004. Since then, the city of Boulder has experienced a record-setting flood and severe wildfires. 

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While periodically updating master plans is standard practice, this update will also consider how to address the potential for the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events and how the city can best adapt its flood and storm water management practices to: increase resiliency, protect the community from flood risks and prevent pollution and ecosystem damage from storm water runoff.

According to the press release, the plan looks at areas including: flood and storm water management and infrastructure; storm water quality; emergency preparedness; project prioritization; and floodplain and storm water regulations for existing buildings and new developments.

City staff will be conducting community engagement and policy refinement for the master plan update over the next two years.

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