Watershed Resilience Pilot Program


The Watershed Resilience Pilot Program is a holistic program designed to align watershed restoration and risk mitigation with community and economic development goals using a collaborative, multi jurisdictional, coalition‐of‐partners approach.

CDBG-DR funds support capacity building through watershed coalition staffing; multi‐objective planning, modeling, and conceptual design activities; and project implementation to address long‐term system improvements that build resilience in watersheds. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs administers these competitive funds in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Colorado Watershed Conservation Board (CWCB).

Approximately $32 million is available to watershed coalitions and their stakeholders, with approximately 80 percent of the funds being allocated to the hardest‐hit counties of Boulder, Larimer, and Weld.


Am I Eligible?

  • Watershed Coalitions that are located in federally‐declared disaster areas from 2012 – 2013 (including FEMA Disasters 4145‐DR severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides4134‐DR Black Forest Wildfire4133‐DR Royal Gorge Wildfire; and 4067‐DR High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires) are eligible to apply.  

    If Watershed Coalitions are not registered as a 501(c)3 non‐profit organization, a fiscal agent must apply with the coalition. In cases where coalitions don’t exist, units of local government are able to apply, but must demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders and partners.

    Disaster Declared


    Counties Affected

    2013 Severe Storms, Flooding,  Landslides, and Mudslides

    Sept. 2013

    Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld

    Black Forest Wildfire

    Summer 2013

    El Paso

    Royal Gorge Wildfire

    Summer 2013


    High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires

    Summer 2012

    El Paso, Larimer, Teller


Applications Closed

Staff are currently working with those eligible applicants who applied to reimburse them for disaster-related expense.






Contacts for Program

Who do I contact with questions about the application process?

KC McFerson, CDBG-DR Watershed Program Manager
Department of Local Affairs, Community Development Office
Chris Sturm, Stream Restoration Coordinator
Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Don Sandoval, Regional Manager
Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government, Field Services



CDBG-DR Watershed Implementation Award Summary
Capacity Building Grants Awarded to Ten Colorado Watershed Coalitions