What human-environment interactions occur in Boulder, CO?

Boulder is a city that has been planned to "bring the outside, inside." Many people value Boulder's scenic location and clean natural environment. The city has developed around numerous creeks (one of which is Boulder Creek) and their tributaries.

Figure 4. Boulder Creek offers many services as an urban-aquatic resource.




(4) Take a look at Fig. 4. How do people use Boulder Creek? What other uses can you think of that are not shown?

The many creeks that run through the City of Boulder are subject to flooding. Consequently, the city regulates new construction in areas classified as high hazard zones. Some residential areas located in floodplain zones have been elevated above the predicted level of flood waters. Other dwellings have no such protections.

Where are the major flood zones in the City of Boulder?

Click here to view a map of flood hazard zones in Boulder. Note: the entire map may not fit on your screen. However, it may be printed onto one sheet of paper by adjusting the image size (on most PCs you can do this under Properties in the Print menu. Macintosh users can do this under Page Setup in the File menu.)

Use the flood hazard map to answer questions 5-6:

(5) Flood zones are represented by the gray areas on the map. Please describe the areas in Boulder that would be directly affected by a flood. How do you think life in Boulder would be affected if these areas were flooded?

(6) How might a flood affect your life in Boulder? Mark the following places on the flood hazard map: (a) your residence, (b) where you work (if employed), and (c) where you attend classes. Do these places fall within a flood zone? If not, how would a flood affect your movement in the City of Boulder?

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