Community Meeting To Discuss River Restoration
Please join a Community Meeting on December 9th to discuss river restoration.
The September floods changed Fall River and Fish Creek. In some areas the channels moved and widened. In others areas alluvial debris was deposited. Banks were scoured of vegetation. Daily you may look out your windows and see a “new” river and wonder what to do now.
Keeping the rivers in their new configuration may not be the best solution. Since the flood, staff have learned that restoration is complicated, costly, and to be successful requires collaboration amongst property owners. While we cannot “fix” the rivers for you, the Town can connect river restoration experts with private property owners. Working together we can help you create a restoration plan that addresses:
• How to minimize the impact of future flooding on homes and businesses
• How to minimize the impact of business disruption and resulting economic loss
• Steps to restore the Fish Creek and Fall River’s ecological health.
The Town has applied for grants to fund this effort. Participation is voluntary. We also hope to obtain state and federal funds to assist with implementation.
We look forward to seeing you on December 9th.
Frank Lancaster Town Administrator
Alison Chilcott, AICP Community Development Director