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Post-Flood Planning in Boulder County

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The historic September 2013 flood reshaped waterways across Colorado's northern Front Range, making major changes to both the manmade and natural environments. Over the past ten months, homeowners, planners and policy makers have grappled with difficult decisions over where and how to rebuild... and when to let Mother Nature take her new course. As part of Connecting the Drops-- our series on Colorado water issues-- Sam Fuqua reports on the rebuilding process in one of the hardest hit counties:

 

Root Wads N St Vrain creek 

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N St Vrain before and after
Post flood (left) and pre-flood (right) aerial photos of Norther St. Vrain Creek deviation between Apple Valley Road and Highway 36 (Norther St. Vrain Drive). source: Boulder County
Root Wads N St Vrain creek
Old trees called "root wads" buried into the new banks of North St. Vrain Creek near Lyons, CO. This section of the creek took a dramatically new direction during the September 2013 floods. Boulder County and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service installed the root wads to help stabilize the new creek bank. 

This episode of Connecting the Drops was sponsored by the City of Longmont. 

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The Colorado Foundation for Water Education wants to help you speak fluently about flooding. Check out the following:

 

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Connecting the Drops is a radio collaboration between the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Colorado Community Radio Stations KGNU, KDNK and KRCC.

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