Abstract: Opening Plenary Session  2:00 pm (BACK)

Watershed-Based Master Planning for Pre- and Post-Fire & Flood Applications

Dave Rosgen, P.H., Ph.D.
Wildland Hydrology
Fort Collins, CO

Expect the unexpected…floods and fires happen.  Knowing this, watershed-based master plans should be developed for landscapes and rivers that are prone to fires and flooding.  The master plans need to contain guidelines, fundamental relationships, and restoration scenarios to help direct post-disaster restoration efforts.  Developing master plans prior to disaster events will help offset the ineffective post-emergency work that often occurs due to limited budgets, time constraints, communication difficulties, traditional responses (that often will not accommodate the next flood), jurisdictional limitations, and social and political constraints.  Departing from piecemeal patches and misdirected treatment inconsistencies amongst agencies and property owners is necessary.  Sustainable common solutions must be shared amongst those faced with widespread damage and future risk, and timely assessments and communication are essential to “neighbor up” for the good of the river.

A series of common solutions based on a watershed master plan are recommended to help offset traditional constraints faced by those responsible for emergency works.  The master plan helps to identify locations, processes, and sediment sources to develop solutions that address the processes and sets priorities for post-fire and post-flood emergency work.