UDFCDUrban Drainage and Flood Control District (Colorado)
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When the decision was made to salvage the dam, URS Corporation and Muller Engineering Company, a Colorado-based design firm, were retained by UDFCD to develop alternatives for modifying the reservoir from a storage facility to a flood-control facility with minimum permanent storage capacity.
Confluence Park accomplished the UDFCD's goals; it was the first successful example of how employing multi-use techniques can make rivers safe for recreation.
Scott Tucker, executive director of the Colorado UDFCD says that when approaching a river project, engineers should consider the opportunities involved in achieving the original objective, and "use sound engineering judgment and good engineering practices to include boat passage." A commitment to the "big picture" surrounding these engineering facilities has not only produced innovative engineering, but has promoted public welfare.