Save South Boulder
To reduce flood hazards and restore and protect the natural ecosystem of the South Boulder Creek floodplain and its Open Space values.
Who Are We?
An all-volunteer, citizen advocacy group including residents from the following neighborhoods:
Where is the open space we are talking about?
308 Acre Parcel
“CU South” is a 308 acre parcel located in South Boulder near Highway 36. From this map we can see that at least 168 acres have open space other designation right now. It is worth noting that even the low and medium density residential areas also have additional land-use designations as open space.
What We Know:
There Is History:
The history goes back to 1952 (print this out and have handy to refer to when CU took it over and how shady it was, the various attempts to develop it, and the various citizen advocacy groups who appeared to help voice concerns and prevent a land use designation change.
Denver Post 10/18/1996
November 1997 letter from Gilbert F. White to CU Regent Bob Sievers
We need a title/year for this slide - does anyone know how to label it???
A riparian corridor1 is a unique plant community consisting of the vegetation growing near a river, stream, lake, lagoon or other natural body of water. It serves a variety of functions important to people and the environment as a whole by:
1. What is a Riparian Corridor? (2017). Retrieved from http://www.sccoplanning.com/PlanningHome/Environmental.aspx.
Boulder Daily Camera August 11, 2000
Destroying the Wetlands
Activities of the University of Colorado
on the Flatiron Property - June 2001
Underground aggregate drains are being constructed to lower the water table and dry up existing wetlands.
Aggregate stockpiled for additional underground drains
Additional Wetland Areas
to be Drained
Boulder is the state’s number one community for flash flood risk.
The city has a long history of floodplain management planning, dating back to a plan designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead in the early 1900s that indicated the need to preserve the floodplains as natural open space.
CU’s South Campus is comprised of the depleted Flatiron Gravel Pits. Much of the property was in the 100-year floodplain of South Boulder Creek before 4,000,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel were removed from the site, further lowering the topography by 15 feet.
220 acres of CU South is currently designated for Open Space in the BVCP.
Boulder has done an excellent job of designing its Open Space lands in a way that offers flood protection and restores riparian environments.
Another major benefit of preserving floodplains is keeping development from flood-prone areas and minimizing losses from major floods.
CU has demonstrated that it does not abide by the above sound environmental design principles:
Boulder scientists see huge increase
in future extreme downpours
By Charlie Brennan Boulder Daily Camera Dec 05, 2016
A new study by scientists at Boulder's National Center for Atmospheric Research indicates that at the end of this century, the number of summer storms producing extreme downpours could increase by more than 400 percent across parts of the United States - including sections of the Southwest, the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast.
The study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, also finds that the intensity of individual extreme rainfall events could increase by as much as 70 percent in some areas.
What Is The Project’s Current Status?
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A Better Alternative:
What Can I Do?
The time is now!