Tree removal starts at 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Facility for FEMA compliance

Beginning on Thursday, April 28, tree removal activities will start at the 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) as part of the compliance process for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood protection certification.

All trees (and associated woody vegetation) within 15 feet of the flood protection berm and levee must be removed to achieve compliance. This work will primarily affect trees that are on the north, east and south sides of the WWTF.

Most trees being removed are small to medium sized trees, however; 5 to 10 large cottonwood trees will be removed as well. The city is contracting with Davey Tree Service to ensure the work is completed safely and efficiently.

This work will be visible from 75th Street, the Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat area and various recreational trails abutting WWTF property. Tree removal activities will not take place on the weekends and is expected to be complete the week of May 2.

FEMA requires the removal of all woody debris, including large trees, to ensure that the structural integrity of the berm/levee is maintained and will not be compromised during a flood event.

For more information about the tree removal requirement, contact WWTF Coordinator Chris Douville at 303-413-7341 or