Friday, March 30, 2018

Upper Montclair Basin Study of Flood-Prone Areas: Final Meeting on April 10, 2018

A 15-month, community-based study of flood-prone areas in the Upper Montclair Basin will culminate with a public meeting to discuss the study’s findings and next steps on Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Montview Presbyterian Church in Fellowship Hall at 1980 Dahlia Street in Park Hill. The Upper Montclair Basin includes the neighborhoods of Congress Park, South City Park, the southern portion of Park Hill, Bellevue-Hale, Montclair, Mayfair, Hilltop, and Crestmoor.

In early 2017, Denver Public Works embarked on an ambitious and innovative study to re-think stormwater management in the Upper Montclair Basin by adopting a community-first approach.  The goals of the study were to identify near-term drainage improvements that address regular nuisance flooding, plan for long-range flood control in the event of a very large storm, and strive for a more flood resilient basin through green infrastructure and smarter land use.  A range of stormwater management strategies were suggested, discussed, and evaluated by local residents, community leaders, and business owners during five rounds of public meetings.

The team worked with area stakeholders, community leaders, business owners, and the greater public to first identify and then investigate solutions for several highly impacted, flood-prone areas in the basin. This final public meeting will offer opportunities for the community to learn more about study results and next steps on the following:

·  Hale Parkway and the area around the intersection of Severn and Jersey Streets, including results of a traffic study and next steps in developing a hybrid solution of pipes and greenway.

·  16th Avenue in Park Hill between Colorado Boulevard and Glencoe Street, including information on current City efforts to bring larger storm pipes and green infrastructure to improve drainage

·  14th and Krameria Street and nearby areas along Colfax Avenue, including updates on challenges and opportunities in these flood-prone, business and residential areas.

·  Resources and information on how individuals and neighborhood blocks can work to implement localized interventions to minimize the impact of nuisance flooding.

The public meeting will include a check-in and orientation from 5:30- 6 p.m. and an open house from 6 - 7 p.m. Background information, maps, meeting minutes, and meeting materials are available at: The City and County of Denver and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District are jointly sponsoring this study of flood and stormwater management in the Upper Montclair Basin. 

Thanks so much!
Liz Palmquist
Zoeller Consulting