The Recycling of a River

by Kenneth R. Wright, (F.ASCE), Partner; Wright-McLaughlin Engrs., Denver, Colo.,
William C. Taggart, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc.; Wright-McLaughlin Engrs., Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 11, Pg. 42-46

Document Type: Feature article


After a century of neglect and degradation, the South Platte River is undergoing a process of transformation to become the most significant recreational resource in the Denver area — a place for 1.5 million citizens to use and enjoy. The North Central Reach of the South Platte River Improvement Project was completed in time for Denver's celebration of Colorado's Centennial and the U.S. Bicentennial. This river recycling project was conceived and built in a little over a year. The improvements vary from hike/bike paths to channel modifications for flood control and boating improvements to a place for passive recreation. The most remarkable general feature is the rejuvenation of the river itself. It required the cooperation and financial support of many government and private agencies; but the result is a well thought out improvement fitting into the basin-wide master plan.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Rivers and streams | Water-based recreation | Chemical degradation | Floods | High-rise buildings | Team building | Financial management | Denver | Colorado | United States

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