Boulder County and the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group, in collaboration with the James Creek Watershed Initiative and the Town of Jamestown, have developed stream restoration designs for James and Little James creeks. Funding for the designs was provided by a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) planning grant through the Colorado Watershed Resilience Planning Grant Program to complete the stream restoration 30% design.
Boulder County’s design consultant is in the process of finalizing the stream designs and incorporating all of the reaches into one plan set. Some changes may be made through this process.
Portions of the project area have been identified for funding through the Natural Resource Conservation Services Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program. The EWP program provides financial assistance for implementation of approved creek restoration plans. Boulder County intends to be the Local Sponsor for the EWP projects in James Creek. In addition, Boulder County is pursuing funds to implement certain portions of James Creek that are not currently funded.
James Creek will be restored as part of the James Canyon Drive flood recovery-related reconstruction project. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2016.
Please note that the majority of work will be completed on private property. Property owners who wish to be involved with the stream restoration effort will need to sign a Participant Agreement, which gives Boulder County permission to implement work on private property and allows the county to conduct operation and maintenance activities for three years after project construction. Construction of all EWP projects must be started by April 2018. The county anticipates completing implementation of all stream restoration projects under this program by 2017.