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Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan

Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan

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The Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan is the guiding policy document for Boulder's Stormwater and Flood Utility. The purpose of the plan is to improve the management of stormwater to help protect people, places, property and ecosystems in the City of Boulder in a way that builds resilience and is consistent with community values.

City Council approved the current Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan pdf in 2004, and the Stormwater Master Plan pdf was adopted in 2017. The Flood Management Overview pdf provides important information regarding the city's flood history and risk as well as the various components of the city's flood management program. 

In 2020, the city started a project to update the 2004 Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan. The master planning efforts will include a public process to gather ideas and feedback from the community. The Mile High Flood District will also contribute funding and assistance. Tetra Tech has been hired as a consultant on the project.

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The city has recruited community members to participate in a Community Working Group (CWG) to provide feedback on project information at various stages of the master plan update. Thanks to all who applied to serve on the CWG. Final CWG selection was made with the goal of including a diversity of participants from various geographic locations, professional and non-technical backgrounds, renters, property owners, individuals with previous committee experience as well as those new to serving, and with diversity in age, race and gender. We were impressed with the caliber of the applications received. Although we could not take everyone who applied, we encourage all to participate in other forthcoming engagement opportunities. We sincerely appreciate your time and interest!

Members of the CWG will:

  • Identify and examine issues related to the stormwater and flood management utility;
  • Provide feedback on information prepared by city staff to ensure it is understandable, complete, and aligns with community goals;
  • Provide advice on community outreach strategies;
  • Help share information and gather feedback and input from other community members;
  • Attend meetings, walkabouts, and webinars; and
  • Participate at public events and meetings for WRAB and Council.

Community Working Group members:

​Ana Casa - Community Connector

Ann Quenzer    

Bruce Feinberg    

Clancy  Phillipsborn    

Dylan  Blaskey    

Elizabeth Black    

Elizabeth Payton    

George Craft    

Joan Lutz    

Laurel  Hodory    

Lillian  Hoodes  

Mar Matlak - Community Connector

Mark Squillace    

Matt Benjamin    

Paul Wallick    

Philip Michael    

Richard  Pautch    

Steve Pomerance    

Tim Holbrook    

Ted Rose - WRAB representative



One of the tasks the Community Working Group will be focusing on is providing review of Technical Memos (TMs) provided by the consultant team. These TMs will make up the different chapters of the final update to the Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan. The TMs will be linked below as they become available. The purpose of the accompanying infographic is to provide a high-level summary of the content found in each TM. 

Technical Memo Title

Technical Memo Description


TM -1 | Background Information

TM -1 summarizes over 20 existing city plans from four main themes

TM Infographic - English pdf

TM Infographic - Spanish pdf


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