Check out the schedule for the rest of January for the Walk the Walk series with our favorite Jack Welch!
Last Thursday we had an excellent turnout for our discussion on watershed planning for the Rio de Flag watershed. A big thanks to all of our attendees and to Mayor Coral Evans for joining the discussion! To view meeting minutes please follow this link.
Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans engaged in discussion on watershed planning at the Friends of the Rio de Flag free monthly membership meeting on January 5th, 2017. Photos by Tom Bean Photography
Continued discussion of watershed planning for the Rio de Flag with an emphasis on a watershed wide approach. The Board of Directors has begun writing a watershed plan that uses a set of environmental and socioeconomic criteria values to describe and suggest management strategies for different reaches of the Rio with each reach described in its own chapter of the plan.
City of Flagstaff • January 3, 2017 • News Release
FLAGSTAFF, AZ – On December 10, 2016, the Rio de Flag Flood Control project received $102 million in reauthorization funds from the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA 2000.)
This new $102.9 million reauthorization for the project was recently sent to the President for his signature. As an authorized project the Rio de Flag construction funds may be received which indicates the project will be completed in the next five to seven years.
A significant flood event would directly affect more than half of Flagstaff’s nearly 70,000 residents and would result in damages to approximately 1,500 structures valued at over $450,000,000. Implementation of the City’s Downtown and Southside Redevelopment Initiative are entirely dependent on the completion of the Rio de Flag Project. In addition to flood damage reduction, other benefits include elimination of mandatory flood insurance and restrictive floodplain management regulations.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) feasibility report proposes to contain the 100-year flood event through construction of 1.6 miles of flood control channel improvements, a 72-acre detention basin, property acquisition, utility relocations and three new bridges.
See the original news release here.
Frances Short Pond with San Francisco Peaks, along the Rio de Flag, Nov. 5, 2015, Flagstaff
Membership Meeting: Watershed Planning for the Rio de Flag
Friends of the Rio Board of Directors
Thursday, January 5th at 6pm
Montoya Community Center
In 2017 the Friends of the Rio de Flag will begin watershed planning for the Rio de Flag. These efforts cannot happen without collaboration with key stakeholders including local government agencies, landowners, and the community.
Please join us on Thursday, January 5th as we seek input on and brainstorming for watershed planning of the Rio de Flag. As a small nonprofit organization, we rely on volunteers to achieve our major organizational goals. We invite your ideas and your skills in creating a viable plan for the Rio de Flag. UPDATE: We are honored to have Mayor Coral Evans joining us for this important discussion.
We hope to see you at the Montoya Community Center at 6pm on Thursday, January 5th! Please bring a friend!