Similar to “Adopt a Highway,” each watershed will be identified and structured with a list of activities establishing goals and addressing needs that are unique to the specific area.
Such activities could include routine clean up and planting. There are about a dozen sub-watersheds within the larger Eagle Valley watershed, which could be adopted or divided into smaller areas to be adopted.
The goal is to transfer geographic information system data to a database that can be better utilized by the department, and to update the municipal integrated pollution prevention good housekeeping and integrated pest management.
By November 2018, the department plans to adopt low-impact development (LID) standards and incorporate them into the city’s development standards.
LID standards are design practices for stormwater management and include such features as rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavements. Also, between 500 to 800 properties will be coming out of the floodplain based on new maps that go into effect on Dec. 22.
If a property or house is removed from the floodplain flood insurance may no longer be required by the mortgage lender.