Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Lander

Second Advisor

Dr. William Travis

Third Advisor

Dr. Deserai Anderson Crow


At the merger of the North and South Saint Vrain Creeks is the settlement point for 2,033 people, making up the Town of Lyons, Colorado. As early as 1864 there have been observations and damage due to floods within the town limits. As a result, land use policies and other methods of flood prevention have played a roll in Lyons’ development throughout the years, including the devastating floods of 2013. This paper seeks to find how over 100-years of flood events has influenced current land use policy in the Town of Lyons, as well as, future policy recommendations as a function of historic hydrologic events.