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Volunteers conduct flood mitigation efforts in Black Forest

Volunteers conduct flood mitigation efforts in Black Forest

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - A non-profit organization is conducting flood restoration and flood mitigation efforts at Black Forest Regional Park.

Volunteers and employees of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) started the mitigation work on Thursday.  RMFI works with local land managers in the southern Pikes Peak region and does the technical ground work.  The mitigation is funded by a grant from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

"The water is going to come and there's really not a lot we can do about that," said Amber Shanklin, program director for RMFI.  "But what we can do is prevent some of that sediment from getting downstream."

Volunteers worked to set up log erosion barriers in the park, parallel to the contour of the hill slope so that when floodwaters come down, it slows down and some of it can infiltrate the soil.

"If water can't infiltrate into the soil, we're not going to get any vegetation to grow," Shanklin said.

About a dozen volunteers helped on the group's first day.  Shanklin said they generally need about 30 volunteers a day.

Work days are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through October.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, although those as young as 13 may participate accompanied by a parent.

To find out more about the organization and volunteering, visit RMFI.org.

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