The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Resilience Planning Program is a federally-funded program designed to help communities recover from damage sustained in the federally-declared flood and fire events of 2012 and 2013. The goal of the Resiliency Program is to align watershed restoration and risk mitigation with community and economic development goals using a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional coalition-of-partners and consultants. CDBG-DR funds support planning efforts, detailed studies, and designs to restore or enhance stream, wetland, riparian and adjacent upland habitat that were damaged or completely destroyed by the flood event; and to implement high level strategies to make river corridors, floodplains, and flood-prone communities more resilient to future flood events.

St Vrain Creek 2013 Flood

Individual flood recovery projects were identified and prioritized in Watershed Master Plans right after the flood. Ecosystem Services, LLC was part of numereous multi-disciplinary teams involving water resource engineers, geomorphologists, watershed coalitions, home and business owners, and other stakeholders to:

  • develop project goals and objectives;
  • assess baseline watershed and site conditions;
  • develop aquatic and terrestrial species habitat requirements and design criteria for fish passage, riparian plant communities, and invasive species management;
  • produce alternatives analyses;
  • prepare 30-60% concept, 80% design-build, and 100% design-specification construction ready planting plans;
  • prepare construction cost estimates;
  • develop monitoring and maintencance strategies and plans that outline pre- and post-restoration protocols, performance criteria, and essential maintenance activities to help ensure long-term success of each of the following projects; and
  • provide planting layout and construction oversight.

St Vrain Creek Below 5th Ave

People love living next to water. During normal years this is blessing. During major floods this is a curse. The St. Vrain Creek in the Town of Lyons, Colorado is no different. Many of the homes built on top of the banks and in the floodplain (as shown in these before and after photos) have constricted the channel and filled the floodplain so that when floods occur the water has nowhere to go. In order to help alleviate the pressure, to the extent possible, geomorphic modifications were made to provide overflow routes and greater flood capacity along the St. Vrain corridor to make the community more resilient during future floods. In order to restore the numerous river-based, recreational uses and the natural aesthetics of the creek that the Town relys on for revenue (kayaking, tubing, fishing, camping, and festivals), Ecosystem Services, LLC designed, laid out, and helped to implement the installation of thousands of riparian and wetland plants. These plants create habitat for numerous wildlife, support the fishery, and enhance public enjoyment of the creek.

Saint Vrain Creek Restoration Design-Build (Reaches 1, 2, 3 & 4), Town of Lyons

James Creek Concept Design (Reaches 16, 18 & 21), Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group (LWOG)

Bohn Park Design-Specification-Build, Town of Lyons

Saint Vrain Creek Restoration Design-Specification-Build (Reach 3), Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS)

Fourmile Creek Restoration Design-Build, Fourmile Watershed Coalition (FWC)

Big Thompson River Priority Reaches Design-Specification-Build (Reaches 9, 16, 30 & 31), Big Thompson Watershed Coalition (BTWC)

Big Thompson River Rist-Goss Diversion Design-Specification-Build, Big Thompson Watershed Coalition (BTWC)

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