Emergency Watershed Protection Projects
Two sections of the 3.2 mile study reach (referred to as SSV 1 and SSV 2) were identified for funding through the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program in late 2015. The EWP program provides financial assistance for implementation of approved creek restoration plans. The county has worked with the EWP team to ensure the project meets EWP objectives and plans to secure this funding in early spring 2017. To improve the likelihood of receiving EWP funds, the final designs for SSV 1 and SSV 2 need to be completed by January 31, 2017. In addition, Boulder County is utilizing county funds to extend the project upstream of SSV 1 to the Andesite Bridge, which is necessary to tie the creek into SSV 1 per the 30% design plan.
The consulting team, led by Matrix Design Group, is currently finalizing the plans for SSV 1, SSV 2, and the area upstream of SSV 1 and preparing all necessary documents for putting the project out to bid for construction utilizing Boulder County funds. Parks & Open Space, along with Matrix Design Group’s assistance, is also securing all necessary local, state, and federal permits for the project. Construction for these project areas is scheduled to commence in summer 2017 after spring run-off. Per EWP guidelines, the construction needs to be completed within 220 and no later than December 31, 2017. The projects will require a minimum of 3 years post-construction monitoring, which Parks & Open Space will be responsible for.
Funding for implementation for the remainder of the 3.2 miles analyzed in the 30% design has not yet been secured, and all projects proposed in the 30% designs will be dependent on the county and / or its partners receiving additional funds for final designs, permitting, and implementation.
Past Public Meetings
Update to St. Vrain Creek Coalition – November 16, 2016
The project team presented a brief update at the St. Vrain Creek Coalition meeting. The update included information about the completion of the 30% design phase for the entire 3.2 mile reach, our next steps in the final design process for EWP-eligible sites, and our anticipated construction schedule for the EWP-eligible sites.
Final 30% Design Presentation – September 22, 2016
The project team presented an overview of the Final 30% Design and Basis of Design report for post-flood restoration to the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee on September 22.
Draft 30% – August 17, 2016
The project team presented the Draft 30% Design and Basis of Design report for post-flood restoration to the St. Vrain Creek Coalition and other interested members of the public. The meeting was part of the St. Vrain Creek Coalition’s Project Committee meeting, but was open to all interested members of the public.
Preferred Alternative Site Visit – July 28, 2016
The project team conducted a site visit with the St. Vrain Creek Coalition and interested members of the public. They discussed the preferred alternative for post-flood restoration of South St. Vrain Creek immediately upstream of the Andesite Mine down to the eastern Old South St. Vrain Road Bridge. The purpose of the site visit was to walk key segments of the planning area, review the preferred alternative, discuss how it was developed, and answer questions.
Alternatives and Preferred Alternative – June 30, 2016
A public meeting was held on June 30 to review alternatives for the restoration of South St. Vrain Creek and to provide a summary of the engineering and other analysis that was used to develop alternatives. Consultants addressed concerns, provided responses, and made appropriate changes as necessary. In addition, the project team gave an update to the St. Vrain Creek Coalition on June 29.
Project Goals & Scoping – May 24, 2016
Parks & Open Space and its consultant, Matrix Design Group, held the first of several public meetings on May 24 in Lyons. The purpose of the first meeting was to provide a general outline of the engineering and restoration design process and to review and discuss project goals and objectives.
The project team facilitated a discussion with attendees about the goals and other issues and concerns about the project. Notes from the meeting will be posted soon. An update to the St. Vrain Creek Coalition occurred on Wednesday, May 25, at their regularly scheduled meeting.
Initial Presentation – August 20, 2015
A short presentation was given to stakeholders that included an overview of the planning area, including existing county open space management plans, completed and on-going projects throughout the corridor, assessments and recommendations from the St. Vrain Creek Watershed Master Plan, cost estimates and funding, and some design considerations.