Location: Boulder Country, Colorado
Michael Baker International prepared a long-term master plan for the St. Vrain Creek Watershed, which was heavily impacted by the September 2013 floods. The goals of the plan are to reduce the potential risk of future flood damage to public and private infrastructure along St. Vrain Creek; confirm the 100-year floodplain to inform future Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain mapping efforts; understand how physical infrastructure in the creek corridor affects flows; evaluate opportunities to reduce and manage flood risk through enhanced interaction between the natural creek and physical infrastructure within the creek corridor; restore, enhance, and preserve the ecological functions, values, and characteristics of St. Vrain Creek; provide for recreational opportunities where appropriate and desired along the Creek; and identify and prioritize actions that are consistent with existing local policies and plans and help facilitate recovery from the September 2013 flood. Due to the extreme migration of stream channels, massive damages, and large population impacted, a multi-disciplinary team was required to achieve the broad goals and aggressive schedule. Michael Baker International compiled a team of professionals highly qualified in public relations, stream geomorphology, ecosystem restoration, flood mitigation and risk assessments, surveying, geographic information systems, and planning. This team supported the St. Vrain Creek Coalition.