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Stormwater Strategic Plan Focuses on the Future

Five-year plan factors in climate change

Post Date: 5/26/2023

Stormwater management, flood management, and pollution prevention are becoming increasingly important in the face of advancing climate change. The challenge for Flagstaff Water Services’ Stormwater Section is to limit the damage caused by flooding despite severe weather patterns along with the cumulative impacts of development and forest fires.Cover page of the Stormwater Strategic Plan with a photo of snow-covered San Francisco Peaks

Staff developed the Stormwater Strategic Plan to identify the major risks, along with recommended actions, creating a foundation for ongoing dialogue and implementing specific investments. 

The following nine objectives address Stormwater’s focus in a five-year horizon: 

  1. Respond to wildfire flooding risks and events
  2. Clarify climate change characteristics and overall stormwater challenges
  3. Maximize/optimize stormwater system maintenance
  4. Clarify services levels and enhance customer service
  5. Increase support for floodproofing of individual structures
  6. Enhance Capital Plan process and update priorities
  7. Enhance development review process and developer support
  8. Improve communications and collaboration
  9. Address Stormwater Section human resource needs

The strategic plan is currently scheduled to be presented to City Council during the Tuesday, June 20, meeting. View the document at 


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