$3M in Douglas County flood projects announced

Much of the funding will go to stream restoration

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$3.09 million is being funneled into Douglas County drainage and flood mitigation projects after the Mile High Flood District announced its 2020 budget priorities list.

$1.4 million of the funding will go toward capital improvement projects such as stream restorations and street improvements, said Laura Kroeger, MHFD’s engineering services manager.

“We’re trying to reduce flood risks in Douglas County,” Kroeger said. 

Streams, which aid in flood management, are sometimes degraded due to urbanization. “So we’re trying to bring back the natural and beneficial functions of the stream,” she said.

Streams can help absorb storm flows, regenerate ground water and increase vegetation diversity in the surrounding community, she said.

Two of these projects will be in Parker, one in Highlands Ranch and the remaining three will be in unincorporated Douglas County. 

Affected streams include Cherry Creek, Lemon Gulch, Timbers Creek, Happy Canyon Creek, Willow Creek and Marcy Gulch. 

Some of the projects are in progress now and some still need to begin with most usually taking about three to five years to complete.

The remaining funds will go toward stream maintenance projects, including $40,000 for annual vegetation management and debris removal, more than $222,000 for sediment removal and $905,000 on additional restoration projects. 

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