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Flood Mitigation

Flood Mitigation

The City of Boulder's flood mitigation program works to regulate floodplain development, reduce flood hazards, and help residents prepare for an emergency situation. The city also offers federally-subsidized flood insurance to all residents through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Flood Mitigation Projects

To view current floodplain mitigation projects, select from the links under "Flood Mitigation Projects."

Guiding Principles for Flood Mitigation

Preserve Floodplains - to recognize the beneficial functions of floodplains for hazard reduction, water quality enhancement, wetland protection, wildlife habitat, riparian corridors, recreation, travel options, environmental relief, aesthetics and Greenways.

Be Prepared for Floods - by developing advanced floodplain mapping, detailed risk assessments, enhanced early warning systems, multiple emergency notification measures, understandable response plans, workable recovery plans and ongoing storm monitoring.

Help People Protect Themselves from Flood Hazards - through public interaction and involvement, readily available flood information, community outreach and education, self-help measures, floodproofing options, affordable flood insurance, and emergency preparedness.

Prevent Adverse Impacts and Unwise Uses in the Floodplain - through appropriate regulation and land use, open land preservation and acquisition, multi-objective planning, relocation or elimination of high hazard structures, prohibiting unacceptable encroachments and establishing ongoing maintenance practices that preserve and enhance environmental functions.

Seek to Accommodate Floods, Not to Control Them - through planned and monitored system maintenance, nonstructural floodproofing, opening non-containment corridors, overbank land shaping to train flood waters, and limited structural (channelization) measures at constrained locations, or where no alternatives are available.

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