CU has a Natural Hazards Center https://hazards.colorado.edu/ which was established by the late Dr. Gilbert White, the Father of Floodplain Management and White advocated in 2001 to reduce flood risk in the South Boulder Creek Floodplain.
In the early 1970s, Gilbert was one of the principal investigators in a major National Science Foundation-funded assessment of the status of natural hazards research in the United States. Subsequently, he established the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado.
Everyone should watch the following video about Dr. White, floods and about climate change!
Gilbert White was a world renowned expert on flood management and is widely respected as the Father of Modern Flood Management. In addition to his extensive research and public service, he was an enthusiastic and energetic professor at the University of Colorado Boulder for many years.
From his biography, we have two insightful case studies from Boulder, Colorado and Tulsa, Oklahoma which show us that communities are best served when we work with Mother Nature, using land use planning and zoning to the maximum extent possible, to keep people and buildings out of harm’s instead of costly structural solutions, such as dams.
The history mirrors almost perfectly the development decisions currently happening in Boulder. Accepted engineering flow models over-predicted the flow capacity of Coyote Creek and therefore underestimated the flooding areas. These model predictions were used to justify new development; much like CU and Hogan-Pancost developers are doing now.
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