Project Chartering: A Philosophy and an Intention

January 24, 2024

By: David Skuodas, Design, Construction, & Maintenance Director In the dynamic landscape of project delivery, projects have become more nuanced and aspirational, often leading to better projects but also to more ambiguous definitions of project success. Scoping projects has, fortunately,...

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Mapping Flood Risk Based on Future Land-use Hydrology

October 7, 2022

Written by Brooke Seymour, Planning and Floodplain Management Director Having spent most of my early career working within the District, I had mistakenly thought that using hydrology based on fully developed land-use for floodplain mapping was standard practice nationwide. I’ve...

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Steps for Strategy with Succession Planning – Part 2

July 25, 2022

How can organizations capture valuable history and expertise before it walks out the door? Since 1979, Mile High Flood District (MHFD) has provided local governments with a variety of tools and resources to give officials advance warning of potential flood...

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Steps For Strategy With Succession Planning: Part 1

March 28, 2022

With all the immediate challenges we face, succession planning sometimes falls low on the list. But the first step to implementing a successful succession plan strategy is understanding what it is and how it can help us in the future....

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Highways & Floodways

April 16, 2021

How Environmental Regulation Has Helped Produce Better Linear Infrastructure Designs Written by Mary Powell and David Skuodas from the Mile High Flood District Observing the similarities between highways and floodways when it comes to infrastructure design is both interesting and...

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The Cobra Effect and Land Use

January 8, 2021

Are we creating infrastructure now that will be enormously expensive later when it needs to be repaired or replaced? Although land use decisions are generally intended to make our communities better, they can actually make our communities worse off if...

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The Stream Management Academy

August 15, 2019

What is the Stream Management Academy? At the MIle High Flood District (MHFD) our mission is to protect people, property, and the environment along thousands of miles of streams throughout the metro area. With a staff of just 35 that...

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Wonderland Creek

April 4, 2019

Over the course of the past 10 years, the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (District) worked with the City of Boulder (City) to plan, design, and construct a major flood control and regional trail project along a one mile...

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Top Five Natural Playgrounds in Denver

August 8, 2018

A new type of playground is on the rise and the children in the Denver Metro area are reaping the benefits. But these playgrounds aren’t focused on who has the tallest slides or the fastest merry go round — and...

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Top 10 Most Shocking Things We’ve Removed from Waterways

April 21, 2018

An Earth Day call to protect the people, property and environment of the Denver region. According to 9News, “Denverites throw enough trash in our waterways to fill up 7 semi-trucks per week.” What that trash is varies. Sometimes there are...

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