Published: July 12, 2011

City of Boulder news release

A Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker dedication event will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, in Central Park, just east of the Broadway Bridge on the north side of Boulder Creek.

The Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker is an 18-foot tall LED-illuminated structure that shows the creek's 50-year, 100-year, 500-year and Big Thompson historic flood levels. Gilbert White (1911-2006) is known as the "Father of Floodplain Management." He was Gustafson Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he founded the Natural Hazards Center, which still functions within the CU Institute of Behavioral Science. He was widely recognized as a leader in the world environmental movement, and received numerous international awards and honorary degrees.

The structure was planned, designed, and constructed by a committee of Gilbert's colleagues, students, friends and family, who also helped raise funds for the marker with private contributions and fundraising events. The marker will be donated to the city and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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For more information on the dedication event call Paul Bousquet, city of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, at 303-413-7239.

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