Reclaiming Denver's Central South Platte River

by Nick Skifalides,
Leo Eisel, (M.ASCE),
Brian Kolstad,
Ben Urbonas, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The South Platte River reaches from the 14,000 foot peaks west of Denver more than 300 miles east to its confluence with the North Platte River at North Platte, Nebraska. As the South Platte River passes the Denver Metropolitan area it flows through approximately 10.5 miles of the City and County of Denver. This reach has been totally modified as the city has grown and no longer resembles the South Platte River of the past. This reach provides an opportunity for implementation of multi-purpose water resource projects and policies that, at least in part, reclaim the Central South Platte River by providing improved aquatic and terrestrial habitat, recreational opportunities and increased flood carrying capacity.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Water resources | Urban areas | Water reclamation | Water-based recreation | Aquatic habitats | Project management | Floods | United States | Colorado | Denver | Nebraska

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