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South Platte River project moves forward with new green space and flood mitigation plans

DENVER (KDVR) – Stakeholders in the South Platte River infrastructure improvement project met on Thursday, taking the next step in defining the future of the 6.5-mile stretch of river.

More than $550 million in infrastructure investments will address flood risk management, river recreation and habitat restoration.

“With the South Platte River Project, we intend to make our largest investment ever – more than $550 million – in the restoration and conservation of the South Platte River ecosystem,” said Mayor Hancock. “This is an investment in infrastructure that will promote economic opportunity through equity and create 7,300 good-paying local jobs, supporting our neighborhoods through reducing minimize flooding and create new green spaces, while taking climate action and repairing environmental justice.”

The project is a collaboration of nearly two dozen stakeholders from private, public, charitable and political organisations. The Greenway Foundation, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the City and County of Denver are some of the stakeholders involved.

Flood risk management for the 450-acre project will reduce flood risk in vulnerable communities. Protected areas include a 3.5-mile stretch of Weir Gulch and Harvard Gulch. These improvements will reduce or eliminate flood insurance claims for 360 properties, according to city officials.

Improved bird habitat along the South Platte River will improve Central route, an international flight path for migratory birds.

“The South Platte River is an important watershed in the heart of the Denver metropolitan area. This historic investment will restore and protect South Platte while creating high-paying jobs and promoting environmental equity among the communities bordering this vital waterway.” Governor Jared Polis said.

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Emma Bowman

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