Stormwater Master Plan

Stormwater Frequently Asked Questions

See the video of the June 7 public meeting.

Update June 6, 2018

The Town of Estes Park invites Estes Valley residents and property owners to attend one of three public meetings to learn about a proposed Stormwater Management Project and the associated proposed new utility user fees. The proposed utility fees are to be charged to every property owner in the Estes Valley. Proposed fee amounts will range from seven dollars to over $100 per month depending on impervious area. Each meeting will provide information on the draft Stormwater Master Plan and the proposed Stormwater Utility. The information is pertinent to both Town residents and residents of unincorporated Larimer County within the Estes Valley Development Code area. The meetings will take place:

  • Thursday, June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave.
  • Friday, June 8 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Estes Valley Community Center (lower level), 660 Community Dr. - Please enter through Senior Services on lower level
  • Sunday, June 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum, 220 4th St.

These public outreach meetings on the Stormwater management Project follow the introduction of the new preliminary floodplain maps provided by the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) held May 30. The Stormwater Management Project public meetings upcoming will include brief presentations on the Master Plan for the Estes Valley Development Code Area, and a proposed Stormwater utility followed by small group breakout discussions for participants to ask specific questions and learn more about the challenges in our community with stormwater runoff, possible solutions and proposed stormwater utility fees. Public feedback is critical to the future of these improvements.

Estes Valley Stormwater Management Project Resources

Stormwater Master Plan

Master Plan Executive Summary

Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study

Comparison Map of Floodplain and Stormwater Improvements

Nonstructural Flood Mitigation Assessment (Silver Jacket Program)

Floodplain Maps

Estes Valley Development Code Area Map

Stormwater Management Project Public Outreach Presentation - Updated and revised 6/11/18 based on public feedback received in the June public outreach meetings

Update Jun. 20, 2017

The Town of Estes Park held a public meeting May 11 to provide a forum for community members to weigh in on the developing stormwater master plan.  The plan, currently in early development, will identify problem drainage areas and lay out a path for the Town to complete future drainage improvement projects. Anderson Consulting Engineers provided an overview presentation at the meeting and were then available to discuss areas of drainage concerns presented on maps of the Estes Valley watersheds. 

Stormwater Master Plan Project

The Town of Estes Park's stormwater master plan will identify problem drainage areas and lay out a path for the Town to complete future drainage improvement projects. This plan is a significant first step toward a safer and more sustainable Estes Park. It has been a critical need for Estes Park for many years, and this was never more evident than during the 2013 flood. Many of Estes Park’s existing drainage channels, inlets, culverts and ponds were inadequate to convey the flows that resulted from that rainfall event. The Town suffered significant damage from which it is taking years to recover.