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Groundwater Monitoring to Begin on Open Space and Mountain Parks

These groundwater monitoring wells are part of the South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Project

Starting as early as Monday, May 21, city contractors will begin installing groundwater monitoring wells on Open Space and Mountain Parks property near South Boulder Creek and the CU Boulder South property in accordance to terms and conditions of a City Temporary License Agreement. Once completed, the wells will monitor groundwater levels. Residents can expect to see contractors and small backhoes, drilling equipment and other necessary equipment. Work will be performed weekdays from about 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The installation phase of the work is expected to take up to 10 weeks, depending on subsurface conditions and weather.

These groundwater monitoring wells are part of the South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Project. Currently, city staff and consultants are evaluating possible project configurations for flood detention near US 36. Evaluation results for each configuration will be shared with the public in June. At this time, community members will have a chance to provide feedback before the project configurations are presented to boards and council later this summer.

The 2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan update, which was jointly approved by the City of Boulder and Boulder County, provides a framework for further assessment of flood mitigation and for discussions between the city and the university about future uses of the CU Boulder South property. Use of the property for city flood mitigation would require City Council approval of an agreement between the city and the university. 

For more information about the flood mitigation project visit:

Published: May 16, 2018

Media Contacts:
Gretchen King, Planning, Housing+ Sustainability and Public Works, 303-441-3005
Meghan Wilson, Media Relations, 303-441-4073