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Posted 5/1/2017

Release no. 17-038


Contact
Omaha District Public Affairs
402-995-2417

or

Alex Mueller
402-995-2045

OMAHA, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the City of Arvada and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, will hold an open house on Tuesday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arvada City Hall (Anne Campbell Room), located at 8101 Ralston Road in Arvada, Colorado. The objective of this study is to find solutions to reduce flood risks and improve public safety along approximately 3.5 miles of Ralston Creek within the city limits of Arvada.

The open house, which will also serve as a public scoping meeting per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will give residents and others interested in the project, a chance to learn why the study is important, learn what will be done during the study process, learn about the possible benefits, and provide specific concerns and input. A formal presentation on the study will begin at 6:30 p.m. For those unable to attend, public meeting materials and opportunities to comment on the study will be available at www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Planning-Projects/ArvadaCO/.

BACKGROUND: Historical flooding in Arvada has damaged city streets, sewer and water infrastructure, homes and businesses, and stream channels and canals. Over the past 40 years, new development in the Ralston Creek watershed has increased the threat of flash flooding in Arvada. Today, flooding impacts approximately $72 million in property, including more than 400 homes, located in the 100-year floodplain. The feasibility study will analyze conditions along Ralston Creek from Beech Street (upstream limit) to the confluence with Van Bibber Creek (downstream limit) along with the engineering feasibility, economic viability, and environmental considerations of potential flood risk management solutions.

For more information about the open house, contact Patrick Dougherty with the city of Arvada at (720) 898-7642 or Alex Mueller with the Corps of Engineers, Omaha District at (402) 995-2045.

Arvada flood risk management