Floodplain and Stormwater Management
Review and evaluate building and construction activities adjacent to FEMA and community regulated floodplains. Floodplain Management staff issues Floodplain Development Permits within the county's jurisdiction. Staff coordinates floodplain activities with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that Arapahoe County complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to remain in good standing. Resource Manuals:
- Answers to Questions About the NFIP_F-084_2011
- Reducing Damage From Localized Flooding_FEMA 511_2005_
- Above the Flood Elevating Your Floodprone House_FEMA-347_May 2000
- Protecting Manufactured Homes From Floods and Other Hazards_FEMA P-85_2009
- Elevated Residential Structures_FEMA-54_1984
- Protecting Building utilities From Flood Damage_FEMA-P-348_1999
- Protecting Floodplain Resources-FEMA-268_1996
Stormwater Master Planning is completed in conjunction with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD).
To reduce the sediment and chemical load on the State’s waters, Arapahoe County implements and enforces a Stormwater Management Program to satisfy the applicable water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act. A program description document is available to the public for review and comment.
- Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4)
- MS4 Permit Responsibility Organization Chart
- Where to find MS4 Permit Citations
- Stormwater Ordinance No. 2012-01
- IDDE Manual
- Program 6 Manual
- Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) provides stormwater management services for drainage and flood control facilities within its service areas in the City of Centennial and unincorporated Arapahoe County
- Stormwater Permittees for Local Awareness of Stream Health (SPLASH) provides educational outreach, opportunities for public participation, and staff training to increase awareness of each person's role in protecting water quality
- Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners promotes open space, recreation and water quality within the Cherry Creek Watershed.