When it comes to moving to Denver or moving to Colorado there are some environmental issues that you may want to spend some time researching before picking areas and neighborhoods to live in.
I don’t want to taint your opinion so I am just going to cover these issues with a general overview so that you can then go and do further research yourself, you are smart and you don’t need me telling you what to do or not to do!
Moving to Denver – Environmental Issues
Here are some of the environmental issues people ask about a lot when it comes to moving to Denver or moving in and around different suburbs around Denver.
Rocky Flats, Arvada – Rocky Flats is on the West side of Arvada and North side of Golden. This was once a nuclear weapon production facility and operated from 1952 to 1992. There are new neighborhoods being built up against the Rocky Flats area. Some residents are concerned about what is lingering in the soil and water in the area.
Fracking in Denver (Oil and Gas) – Drive through neighborhoods on the North side of Denver all the way up to Fort Collins and you will see huge walls, wells, and other equipment. Fracking has become a bigger issue of late as wells occur closer and closer to homes and new neighborhoods. Concerned citizens are worried that not enough studies have been done to show that fracking does not affect the health of those living within a certain distance of the active well sites.
Expansive Soils in Denver – Soils that settle and move are common in Colorado this leads to foundation issues in homes, while most time these cracks and movement is not a major issue, some homes and neighborhoods are subject to more settling which can cause some major foundation problems. I have worked with Structural Engineers a few times to work out foundation issues, if this is a concern in any home you are looking at, definitely have a structural engineer come in and take a look!
Radon in Denver – A naturally occurring radioactive gas, the Denver area tends to have higher radon levels throughout certain areas and neighborhoods. The EPA has a lot of information on their site about healthy levels, how to test and what to do if Radon Levels are high in your home.
These are the four largest environmental concerns in Denver when it comes to clients I meet that are looking at buying a home in Denver. Do some research, be prepared and you can make a solid decision when it comes to buying a home in Denver CO.