Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority awarded for projects

Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority received an award from the American Public Works Association for Public Relations/Public Awareness/Community Involvement for the development of the Front Range’s first-ever interactive touch-screen kiosk at the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space. Photo courtesy of SEMSWA

Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority received an award from the American Public Works Association for Public Relations/Public Awareness/Community Involvement for the development of the Front Range’s first-ever interactive touch-screen kiosk at the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space.
Photo courtesy of SEMSWA

The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association has honored Centennial-based Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority with awards in three public works categories.

The association is an international education and professional association of public agencies, private-sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing high-quality public works goods and services.

In 2012, more than 50 projects were submitted by 26 statewide public agencies that hoped to be recognized for providing innovation and creativity in their public works projects.

SEMSWA won awards in the following categories:

• Public Works Administration – for an Asset Condition Assessment Program to prioritize storm-sewer pipe maintenance projects allowing the SEMSWA Board of Directors to estimate future budget needs and proactively create a dedicated funding source for this critical infrastructure

• Building Code Administration/Permitting/Enforcement – for implementing a streamlined Electronic Plan Review and Approval system that integrates seamlessly with the City of Centennial land-development process, increasing responsiveness and efficiency

• Public Relations/Public Awareness/Community Involvement – for the development of water-quality educational content for the Front Range’s first-ever interactive touch-screen kiosk at the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space, as a way to educate visitors on the story of Cherry Creek and its valuable riparian floodplain areas.

SEMSWA, formed by a five-party intergovernmental agreement signed in September 2006, is responsible for stormwater management in Centennial and the urbanized portion of unincorporated Arapahoe County.

The authority was formed to provide a funding mechanism for the planning, construction and maintenance of drainage and flood-control facilities, and to comply with federal environmental regulation to protect and enhance water quality.

A map of the authority boundaries and information on each of the stormwater-management programs can be found at www.semswa.org or by calling 303-858-8844.

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