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Gov. Hickenlooper announces $2.29 million in grants for stream recovery projects

DENVER – Friday, Aug. 08 2014 – Moving quickly to keep Colorado’s long-term recovery on pace, Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced grants totaling $2.29 million for 19 new stream recovery projects in Boulder, Larimer, Weld, and Jefferson counties, less than three months after the program was created.

"Quickly and strategically rehabilitating streams damaged by the flood is critical for many reasons; most notably so that we are prepared to endure any future surprises Mother Nature might throw our way," said Hickenlooper. "We are grateful to the Colorado Water Conservation Board; to Senators Jeanne Nicholson and Scott Renfroe and Representatives Mike Foote and Jerry Sonnenberg, for working with us to expeditiously get these resources where they are so needed."  

Repairing the state’s streams and watersheds is a high priority because it reduces future flood risk, and helps restore stream banks, wildlife habitats, agricultural areas and recreational opportunities.

The flooding - which impacted 24 counties - triggered nine small dam failures, damaged or destroyed nearly 225 water-diversion structures, damaged an estimated 32,000 acres of croplands and swept away $540,000 in state-owned stream-gauge equipment. During the floods, many northern Colorado waterways experienced 100-year or 500-year floods.  

The grant program, created with Senate Bill 14-179, will reimburse up to 50 percent of eligible expenses used for cleaning up debris or restoring watersheds. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) approved the grants on July 16.

The legislation authorizes payments to private entities and individuals whose property was affected by the floods as well as local governments, watershed coalitions, and other private non-profit entities who are performing restoration activities.




Project Title

Approved Funding

Wildland Restoration Volunteers

North Fork of the Big Thompson River Restoration


City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department

Boulder Creek Confluence Restoration


Rocky Mountain Flycasters

Multi-basin Riparian Restoration and Plant Propagation Program


Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Left Hand Creek Restoration


Town of Estes Park

Fish Creek Restoration Project: Brook Drive to Country Club Reach


Boulder County Land Use Department

Fourmile Creek Restoration Project


City of Longmont

Peschel-St.Vrain Creek Restoration


Boulder County Parks and Open Space

South St. Vrain Creek Restoration at Hall Ranch


City of Greeley/Larimer County

Lions Open Space Eastern Bank Restoration Project


The Environmental Group

Coal Creek Canyon Restoration Project: Twin Spruce Junction


Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Big Thompson River Restoration


Sylvan Dale Ranch

Fish Habitat Design and Debris Removal, sylvan Dale Reach, Big Thompson River


Big Thompson Conservation district

Little Thompson River Urgent Needs


Mark Boslough

Riparian Habitation Restoration, Stream Bank Revegetation and Beaver Reintroduction on Highland Placer, South St. Vrain Watershed, Boulder County


Stephen Strand

8398 Lefthand Creek Streambed and Bank Stabilization, Riparian Corridor Restoration


Logan Mill Ranch Tree Farm and Properties

Sunbeam Gulch Stream Restoration Project


Town of Lyons

Lower McConnell Hazard Mitigation Project


Left Hand Water District

Debris Removal from Left Hand Creek Water Intake