Wolf Creek is a northward-flowing stream with source areas in the Platte River-Arkansas River divide area east of the Front Range. It is located approximately 18 miles east of the E-470 corridor. The Wolf Creek watershed, as measured at the Arapahoe County/Adams County line, covers approximately 83.5 square miles. The Master Drainage Plan (MDP) study will focus on the portion of Wolf Creek and its tributaries within Arapahoe County, which cover approximately 37 square miles.
Why are Master Drainage Plans important?
Many of our rural stream beds are dry several months of the year which is why studies like this are important. Evaluating how a stream bed will convey flood waters during an event is critical to the safety of a community. Studies aim to ensure that as areas develop, structures are built in safe zones. They identify potential risks for how effectively a stream will convey flood waters and how the nearby structures like culverts, bridges and road crossings will support the flow of water. Studies identify where stream stabilization is necessary and ensure that the natural environment and wildlife habitat are preserved and protected.
What will the study result in?
The purpose of the study is to complete a Master Drainage Plan that will be implemented as development occurs in the Wolf Creek watershed. Currently, the watershed is primarily undeveloped and the MDP will be used to provide guidance for future construction as development occurs. The study will identify the 100-year floodplain and analyze flood-prone areas, drainage problems, stream stabilization and roadway crossing structures. The study also will assess degradation along the Creek and look for areas that may require bank stabilization. As part of the study, an environmental assessment will be performed to locate wetlands, riparian areas, and nesting sites.