I’m one of 3500 people in direct harm’s way from South Boulder Creek flooding. Moreover, virtually everyone in the City is in indirect harm’s way from this Creek (when it overtops US 36, it can close down US 36 and Foothills, which bars emergency responders from getting to us). The City was slated to have a berm in place to protect residents from South Boulder Creek flooding by 2018; but we are now looking at 2023 at the earliest. Any city’s #1 duty is to protect the health and safety of its residents, and Boulder has failed repeatedly over the past six years.
It’s easy now to Monday morning quarterback the failures on flood mitigation. But what is the path forward? We need to treat this as the urgent health and safety matter that it is, and figure out where the property owners (CDOT/CU/City) have alignment, ASAP. City Council has the power to minimize delays, work quickly and cooperatively with other partners to accomplish their goals, heed the experts, and expedite this project.
Floods will be coming more often, and likely with more intensity. By implementing flood mitigation (between 100-500-year protections) at CU South:
-We will protect lives and property
-We will reduce in-commuter numbers
-CU will be able to provide critically needed upper level student, faculty and staff housing
-Nearby Table Mesa PNR can serve as a springboard for a multimodal transit hub
-The City’s relationship with CU will be strengthened
-Degraded habitat will be restored
-New recreational opportunities for all Boulderites will be created.
Implementing a quality flood mitigation solution for 3500 residents who are at risk will be a high priority for me as a City Council member. Want to learn more about South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation? Reading the CU South Guiding Principles is a great place to start!