Apple Valley South Design-Build

Thank you for your interest in the Creek Rehabilitation Design-Build Construction for Apple Valley South Project! You can find the weekly updates sent out by the SVCC below, along with any other project updates as they are released. Check in often and if you would like to be added to our mailing list, email Erika Shioya. To learn about the 30% design process for Apple Valley, which is informing the current phase of the project, click here.

If you have any comments, you can fill out our online form or contact the SVCC staff. These comments will be passed along to our project team, led by Whinnery Construction.

  • October 9, 2017 email update
    • Submitted Boulder County permit packet on 10/4.
    • Finalizing in-kind match contributions with funders (NRCS/CWCB).  There are currently generous donation of volunteer time, materials from properties offsite (such as CEMEX for willow cuttings), equipment and donated labor from our contractor Whinnery Construction.  
    • Once we receive final approval from the funders’ review (NRCS and CWCB) of the design and county permits, the project can begin construction.
    • Goal is to begin mobilization this week (landowners who are providing staging areas will be contracted at least 24 hrs prior to arrival).
    • Anticipating construction to begin next week.
    • We will be transitioning to weekly updates for Apple Valley South residents as presented in the public meeting a few days prior to the start of construction.
  • September 14, 2017 – Presentation from Landowner Meeting
    • The presentation from the September 14th landowner meeting can be found here.
  • September 13, 2017 –  Draft Final Construction- Ready designs for review
  • September 11, 2017 emailed update
    • Public meeting to present the construction-ready design and construction process, this Thursday, September 9/14, 6-8pm at Boulder County Parks and Open Space office, 5201 St Vrain Rd, Longmont.
    • The construction and revegetation plan is being finalized for public release this week.
    • The project team is working on permitting documents and submittals:
      • The hydraulic analysis is complete and in review with Boulder County.
      • They are working on permit referral responses and other required permits.
    • The nearly finished design is showing that some contingency funds are needed to implement all critical aspects of the project.
    • The project team is targeting to submit the required “Functional Review” of the construction-ready design with the funders from NRCS and CWCB late this week.  This final review with the funders is required prior to construction.
    • Anticipating mobilization during the last week of September and construction beginning in October.
    • The volunteer noxious weed control event in Apple Valley South last week was another success.
    • Comments on this project can be submitted via this link: http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/permanent/avscomments/ on our website, or via email to me or Erika Shioya, Assistant Watershed Coordinator.
  • August 28, 2017 emailed update
    • The project team is working on permitting documents and submittals:
      • The hydraulic analysis is complete and the team will be submitting for the Boulder County Floodplain Development and Grading Permits this week.
      • They are working on permit referral responses and other required permits.
    • The engineers are meeting with landowners to finalize design details as needed.
    • The revegetation plan is being finalized.
    • The nearly finished design is being compared against the available budget to determine if all proposed features can be installed or if they need to be prioritized.
    • Working on plans for a public meeting mid-September to present the construction-ready design and construction processes.  We hope to send a public meeting announcement towards the end of the week.  We will make the construction-ready design plans available prior to the public meeting.
    • The project team is targeting to submit the required “Functional Review” of the construction-ready design with the funders from NRCS and CWCB late next week.  This final review with the funders is required prior to construction.
    • The volunteer noxious weed control event in Apple Valley South last Tuesday 8/22 had a small turnout, but it was a huge success for the amount of weeds pulled and the area cleared.  Thank you Apple Valley residents who came out to help!  The participants wanted me to share with you that they had fun and learned a lot about more efficient ways to manage weeds on their property; join us next time.  Mark your calendars for the next volunteer weed pull to help prep the project area for construction:  Thursday, September 7, 3-6pm.  We will be sending out the announcement and sign-up shortly.
    • The SVCC-CWCB construction contract documents have been submitted to our funders at CWCB so that they can process our contract and release construction funding.
    • It is very important that you submit any existing comments or concerns regarding this project as we are nearly complete with the construction-ready design, please submit them via this link: http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/permanent/avscomments/ on our website, or via email to me or Erika Shioya, Assistant Watershed Coordinator.
  • August 14, 2017 emailed update
    • Held community public meeting on 8/8 to discuss key design elements in the split flow and overflow locations.
    • NRCS approved the use of grant funds for weed control activities during the construction phase, but unfortunately not the ability to count volunteer weed control contributions as match
    • However, we would still like to coordinate a weed pull event next Tuesday 8/22, 4-7pm.  This will be an opportunity for you to learn to identify and treat common noxious weeds within the Apple Valley project area, and to help pull weeds in a potential staging area on the buyout property in the northern extent of our Apple Valley South project.  Save the date!  We’ll send out more information on this volunteer and learning opportunity this week.
    • Immediate work includes:
      • Developing additional Boulder County permitting documents and responding to referral comments,
      • Collecting information on utilities /septic/ locates,
      •  Securing staging areas (Submitted FEMA buyout waiver request via Boulder County)
      • Hydraulic analysis, especially for overflow area,
      • Will start detailed design work as hydraulic analysis wrap up, and
      • Started Traffic Management Plan.
    • Submitting supporting docs this week to activate CWCB construction contract.
    • Comments or concerns regarding this project, please submit them via this link: http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/permanent/avscomments/ on our website.
  • August 4, 2017 emailed update
    The project team is working on:

    • Additional staging area determination (Submitted FEMA buyout waiver request via Boulder County),
    • Potential weed control,
    • Design and hydraulic analysis,
    • Drafted Traffic Management Plan, and
    • Developing Quality Assurance Plan and Operating and Maintenance Plan.

    Working on LISU application to Boulder County.  Target submittal by 8/9.

    Comments or concerns regarding this project, please submit them via this link http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/permanent/avncomments/ on our website.

  • July 24, 2017 emailed update
    • Several folks have asked about the status of the construction-ready design.  S2O and the other members of the design team are currently working on the hydraulic model needed to meet the 100yr floodplain, regulatory, no-rise funding criteria for the project; in other words, they are balancing areas of cut and fill to achieve the no-rise in the 100yr floodplain in the proposed primary, secondary, and overflow channel design.  After this key task is completed, we can see how specific property needs affect our ability to maintain the no-rise criteria.In the meantime, if you have specific concerns, comments, or requests, please send them to me or Erika, or via this link: http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/applevalleysouth/  Your early submittals will help us and the design team to track them and assess the timing  for when to best address them in the design process.Additionally, the 30% basis of design report has been finalized and approved by our funders at DOLA.  This finalized version included edits in the Basis of Design Report, and no edits were necessary in the plan set nor the appendices.  You can find the final report here:
      https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kwf4rjfwi8riwlx/AACnQUyKLpCG-aj5wgn93WNma?dl=0
      The major updates include:
      – Clarification on funding goals of the DOLA CDBG-DR program which funded the 30% design plan, and the NRCS EWP funding goals, and the DOLA/CWCB Technical Assistance Team.
      – Project files of record will be maintained by the SVCC for at least 5 years.
      – Clarifying language regarding hydrological and hydraulics information.
      – Adding clarifying labels to the alternatives analysis section.
  • July 21, 2017 emailed update
    • The Creek Rehabilitation Plan for Apple Valley project products have been finalized! You can find them here.
  • July 13, 2017 emailed updates
    • The SVCC volunteers working on photo points (Chris Lamson and Gerry Kelly) will be on site this Saturday, 7/15 to take supplemental photo points. They will be recognizable by their construction vests.
    • If you haven’t, please let us or your Reach Rep Hoss know if you will be taking photo point data on your property.
    • The Boulder County Land Use hearing date is scheduled for Thursday, 7/27, 10am.
    • Immediate work includes: developing additional Boulder County permitting documents, securing staging areas, developing additional design details, hydraulic analysis, utility locates/septic, and development of a Quality Assurance Plan and Operating and Maintenance Plan for post-construction project monitoring.
    • If you have comments or concerns regarding this project, please submit them via this link: http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/permanent/avscomments/ on our website.
  • July 1, 2017 emailed updates
    • Our consultants (Whinnery, S2O, AloTerra, GEI, Ehrhart Land Surveying) are officially under contract with a project start date of June 22, 2017.
    • The Team had a kickoff meeting with our CWCB funders on Friday, 6/23.
    • The Boulder County Land Use application which is one of the steps in permitting has been submitted. The hearing date is scheduled for Thursday, 7/27, 10am.
    • Immediate work includes: developing additional Boulder County permitting documents, hydraulic analysis, developing additional design details, and development of an Operating and Maintenance Plan for post-construction project monitoring.
  • June 17, 2017 emailed updates
    • We’ll be contracting our consultants (Whinnery, S2O, AloTerra, GEI, Ehrhart Land Surveying) as soon as our agreement is activated with our funders at the State. We hope that this will be next week.
    • Once under contract, the design-build team will work on permitting, hydraulic modeling, and construction-ready designs.
    • The minimum funds needed for final design and construction are secured. Thank you landowners and Boulder County for helping to raise those funds. Currently we have $8,820 raised beyond the minimum $55,000; those funds are reserved for critical contingency should we discover additional important construction needs during final design and/or construction. If those funds are not used, they will rollover into the required 3-yr monitoring and maintenance period will need to be raised; those funds are 2% ($10,224) of the construction cost which is currently estimated at $511,231. Additional contributions from Craig Ferguson will need to be added to finalize the funds raised.

 

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