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Save South Boulder (Save SOBO) is an all-volunteer neighborhood organization that includes residents from Tantra, Martin Acres, Martin Park, Frasier Meadows, Hy View, Greenbriar, Arapahoe Ridge, Park East, Majestic Heights, Keewaydin Meadows, Table Mesa, and others. The City of Boulder is considering annexation of the CU-South property, which is in the South Boulder Creek floodplain. CU would like to develop the property for athletic fields and student and faculty housing. To do so, CU needs access to city utilities. The City of Boulder has approved a concept plan for the first phase of Alternative D, a flood control project that requires access to CU’s property. Save South Boulder Now considers Alternative D to be problematic. To ensure that we have a voice in changes that directly affect our neighborhoods and our families, we are working to inform and engage other residents and neighbors in these decisions.
- We support separating and decoupling issues of flood mitigation from the process of annexation of the CU-South property to the City of Boulder.
- We want the City of Boulder to develop a flood mitigation strategy that does not create additional hazards, such as the 30-foot tall “high hazard” dam called for in Alternative D. Large flood control structures no longer are recommended as the best strategy for mitigating floods.
- We support an alternative that is less expensive, more effective and more environmentally sensitive, as well as one capable of being implemented in less time than the 5-7 years now estimated for Alternative D.
- We advocate that the City of Boulder investigate the cost of protecting against a 500-year flood event before proceeding with flood mitigation plans.
- We support developing a flood mitigation plan that, to the extent possible, uses the natural water flow and physical features of the natural flood plain.
- We support altering CU's berm on its property and alongside South Boulder Creek to facilitate water flow and detention.
- We support restoring the Flatirons/CU-South property ecosystem, to the extent possible, to its status prior to gravel mining, maximizing its use for open space and recreation, and in compliance with the original 1970s reclamation plan.
- We support a fully transparent and inclusive process for making decisions about flood mitigation and the use of the Flatirons/CU-South property so that the interests of residents and the public are both considered and fully integrated.
- We oppose moving forward with Variant I or II because:
- Enormous costs associated with these options, currently estimated between 30 to 45 million.
- It limits mitigation to a 100-year flood event, in the face of climate change induced events of much greater severity.
- Serious consideration was not given to alternatives more congruent with current federal recommendations that flood avoidance and mitigation be pursued, rather than flood control dams. We believe an upstream detention strategy should be considered and vetted as thoroughly as other options provided by CH2MHill.
- Despite being tasked by City Council last July, none of the critical studies of ground water, surface water flows, topography, soil characteristics, geotechnical issues, wildlife and habitat inventories have been completed. A good and sustainable decision cannot be made without this critical information.
- We want flood mitigation but we have to get this right.
- It would take 5-7 years to complete.
- It is not backed up by comprehensive analysis of its impact on nearby residential areas upstream of the existing southern berm, adjacent to the dam, and downstream from it.
Boulder County residents can influence this process. In 2018 the City will begin conducting many of the studies needed to determine flood mitigation on the property which is the priority for this site. The annexation process will determine future development on the site which we don't anticipate starting until 2019. Stay tuned to our calendar of events for upcoming meetings, contact the four bodies that will vote here, follow us on Facebook, and make sure you are signed up for our list serve.