County seeking comments on draft Hazard Mitigation Plan


Archuleta County is seeking public review and comments on its draft Hazard Mitigation Plan, with the comment period open until Feb. 17.
The plan includes, according to a press release, what Archuleta County is doing to minimize the impacts of floods, dam failures, wildfires, hazardous materials incidents and other hazards.
“The plan assesses risks posed by natural and man-made hazards, identifies ways to reduce those risks, and allows the County to remain eligible for mitigation funding from FEMA,” the press release explains. “A Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) that includes representatives from various county departments, Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and the Pagosa Fire Protection District updated the plan over the past year with assistance from a consultant. The plan identifies hazard mitigation goals and a variety of mitigation projects with the intent of reducing losses from hazard events before they occur again.”
The press release explains that the planning committee is now soliciting public comment on the plan before it is finalized and submitted for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) review and approval.

The plan is available here.
The comment form is available at
For more information, contact the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office’s Office of Emergency Management at (970) 731-4799.