Procedures for Evaluating the Effects of Sedimentation on Flood Hazards in Urbanized Areas in the Southwestern U.S.

by R. A. Mussetter, Mussetter Engineering, Inc, Ft. Collins, United States,
P. F. Lagasse, Mussetter Engineering, Inc, Ft. Collins, United States,
M. D. Harvey, Mussetter Engineering, Inc, Ft. Collins, United States,
C. A. Anderson, Mussetter Engineering, Inc, Ft. Collins, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: Urbanization of watersheds in the arid Southwestern U.S. creates problems for resource agencies and design engineers. Traditional analytical techniques that are generally applicable to clear-water conditions often do not adequately address hazards associated with large storm events in arroyos. This paper presents concepts that can be used to evaluate the hazards, including estimating the necessary setback distance from natural or naturalistic arroyos to protect adjacent properties from flooding and/or erosion damage.

Subject Headings: Floods | Municipal water | Watersheds | Damage (structural) | Arid lands | Storms | Geohazards

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