Group sets standard for community activism |

Group sets standard for community activism

staff reports

For the past five years, the Buckbrush Flood Safety Coalition has been meeting regularly to address problems and look for solutions to the flash floods which occasionally swamp the Johnson Lane neighborhoods.

On Thursday, several residents and interested people gathered at the Johnson Lane fire station to hear the results of a study conducted by research geologist Dr. Kyle House.

House’s analysis – that the 1994 and 1997 Buckbrush wash floods are as bad as it’s going to get – was greeted with relief. However, he told residents to be vigilant in pressing county officials to deny development in the flood-prone areas.

The Buckbrush coalition has been busy for the past decade. Members took it upon themselves to come up with sound ideas to mitigate the flood potential. They have done everything from studying the feasibility of building a structure in the Pine Nuts to divert runoff before it reaches Johnson Lane to distributing fliers asking residents to keep roadside culverts clear.

The bottom line, according to House, is that officials must look at the washes before future development is approved.

Hardworking and dedicated, the all-volunteer, grassroots group does things the old-fashioned way, meeting monthly and going door-to-door to enlist neighbors’ help in expertise to protect their community. Instead of waiting for someone else, the Buckbrush coaltion got busy.

Douglas County residents could learn a thing or two about community activism from the Buckbrush wash bunch.