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FLOODPLAIN INFO
FLOODPLAIN INFO
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WHY LONGMONT MUST ACT NOW TO RE-ENVISION THE ST. VRAIN RIVER CORRIDOR.

THE ST. VRAIN RIVER CORRIDOR – LONGMONT’S GREATEST WASTED ASSET!
Why re-envisioning Longmont’s St. Vrain River Corridor from an industrial-commercial no-man’s land to a vital, thriving, high-density, mixed-used, transit-oriented, “smart-growth” corridor is vital to do now!
WHY NOW, WHY LONGMONT, WHY THE ST. VRAIN? –
THE TOP TEN DOZEN REASONS, - EXPLAINED:

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The SAINT VRAIN RIVER - a THREAT or UNTAPPED ASSET to LONGMONT?

The SAINT VRAIN - an overhanging threat and liability  .... or and tremendous untapped resource and asset to Longmont?

WELCOME to CAMPAIGN SAINT VRAIN.com.  That question is what this site attempts to address. The floodplain of the St. Vrain River widens to over 20 times its historic, natural width in places, due to man-made developments.  This 2,000% increase in floodplain width then flows through an area largely zoned commercial-industrial, threatening water quality, life safety, and the very economy of Longmont.

URGENT NEWS WARNINGS OF ST. VRAIN RIVER FLOODING – NO BIG DEAL OR A GENUINE THREAT?

One often hears of a river as the “lifeblood” of a city.  In the case of the St. Vrain in Longmont, this holds as true as anywhere, and the analogy is befitting.  Think of the river as a major “artery” in the “body” of the city.  Just as most of us seldom think about our arteries, and many people behave in a manner that can clog up and choke-off their arteries, causing a heart attack, so too has Longmont too-long neglected its river. 

City staff presentation to City Council re. the St. Vrain Corridor, at the 2011 annual retreat

Click the above link to view the City Planning Department's - staff presentation to City Council regarding the  St. Vrain Corridor topic as discussed at the 2011 annual City Council retreat at the Xilinx Center.   This links to a PDF presentation given to the Council as background before there Saturday afternoon discussion.  Contains background and executive summary.

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LONGMONT FEATURED AT "BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE"

The "COLORADO BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE" will feature Longmont's South East Urban Renewal Authority planning area at their annual event. Colorado Brownfields Conference Nov 14 - 15th 2011 The focus of several sessions will revolve around the challenges and potentials of development -particularly the Sugar Mill site.  Long a visual feature of the city for miles in every direction, this now underutilized former sugar beet plant has long been recognized as being...(click title to read more)..

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TIMES-CALL article discusses City flood preparedness plans

City workers go door to door to warn of possible imminent St. Vrain River flooding.

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Flood Emergency Notification System - City of Longmont

If you live along the St. Vrain corridor or any of its major tributaries, we suggest that you sign up for Longmont's  emergency notification system at the above link.

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St. Vrain Creek "Corridor Commitee" promotes streamflow

"ST. VRAIN CORRIDOR COMMITEE" promotes upper St.Vrain streamflows.

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The Thinking of the Past.

Current infrastructure such as bridges and roads often reflects a lack of understanding of the dynamics of flooding during the original period it was built.  Todays engineering is much more sophisticated.

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