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South Platte River

South Platte River is one of the three waterways being studied as part of the Denver Urban Waterways Restoration Study. The study sponsors include the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD), the City and County of Denver (CCD) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB). The study area for the South Platte River includes 6th Avenue to 58th Avenue. The study will identify cost-effective plans to restore habitat and ecological function, reduce flood risks, and improve recreation.


South Platte River Public Open House — Meeting Materials

August 1, 2018

South Platte River Study Key Goals

  • Primary Goal: Restore ecosystem habitat
  • Secondary Goal: Flood risk management
  • Complementary Goal: Improve access to recreation and Provide environmental education opportunities

The Denver Urban Waterways Restoration Study will develop an understanding of existing conditions, evaluate a broad range of options, and select a preferred plan based on benefits and costs.

The study began in early 2015. 

Study Updates

The study team has completed three rounds of public meetings for the Feasibility Study. In Fall 2015, we gathered information about existing conditions at the waterways from local businesses, residents, and recreational users. In 2016, the public had the opportunity to review and give feedback on the recommendations for each of the waterways. In 2018, the draft report and recommendations were presented and open for public comment.

The Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released in April 2019.