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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: City of Arvada Attributes Successful Mitigation to Cooperative Efforts   [open pdf - 59KB]

"Arvada City Officials have been working together on mitigation projects that have paid off for the community. 'It is really the work of all these folks - our engineers, city planner, city managers, public works director, stormwater manager, and parks and recreation director, working together on a common goal - to protect lives and property,' said Patrick Douherty, city engineer. 'We have also collaborated with other agencies and neighboring cities.' Dating back to the early 1970's, Arvada was one of the first cities in the United States to begin flood flow attenuation and to manage development in the floodplain. Projects included small channelization, bridge replacements, large storm sewers, and regional detention. Funding for these projects came out of the city's General Fund-Capital Improvement Projects. In 2000, a stormwater utility was funded. Through the stormwater utility, the city has been able to fund more mitigation projects. 'We certainly have significant projects that are the showcase, but it is numerous activities (what people would call mundane or ordinary) - year after year upkeep, collaboration, replacements, improvements, and modifications - taken in its totality, that make mitigation work,' Douherty said. 'As a group, we take on the responsibility of assuring that our projects work effectively.' As of 2013, Arvada has spent more than $35 million (funding from local sources) on various projects throughout the city. Projects have been as small as putting in a more efficient inlet to major channelization projects. Small projects to eliminate localized flooding have cost the city $4.2 million."

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