EWP Project Areas

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program Phase II has identified four areas of interest for potential projects within the Saint Vrain Creek Watershed. EWP is a cost-share program administered for the State by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), which aims to take a long-term, holistic approach to stream and watershed recovery. For a short background primer on EWP and CDBG-DR funding from a previous SVCC meeting, click here.

You can find more information about the NRCS EWP program though their webpage: coloradoewp.com.  This page is a wealth of information on the EWP projects throughout the state and the requirements behind those projects. 

Under Phase II of the EWP program, a total of $63.3 million is available state-wide for stream restoration projects in flood-affected watersheds.  $28.8 million of the available state-wide funds have been allocated to Boulder County.

Priority project areas in the watershed for EWP work were identified by the SVCC in summer 2015 and include the areas listed below. Links to detailed maps are included for each area. Please note that on these maps, “NRCS Reach Areas” are boundaries provided by NRCS that are used to identify the approximate locations of the project areas, while “NRCS Project Areas” are locations where actual EWP flood recovery work is proposed. We have also provided links to the Damage Survey Reports (DSR) that the NRCS produced to outline the approximate costs and benefits of flood recovery work in these areas.

  • Apple Valley: The Apple Valley project area follows the flow path of the North St. Vrain Creek through Apple Valley. The project area begins just above Rainbow Bridge north of US 36 and extends downstream through Apple Valley to just beyond of the intersection of the downstream end of Apple Valley Road and US 36. Click here for a map. 
  • South Saint Vrain (SSV): The SSV project area follows the flow path of the South St. Vrain Creek above Lyons.  The SSV project area extends from the lower end of Hall Meadows to just east of Meilly Street in Lyons, and is subdivided into three smaller project areas: SSV1, SSV2, and SSV3.  SSV1 begins at the lower end of Hall Meadows and continues along the South St. Vrain Creek into Boulder County-owned property. SSV2 lies nearly exclusively within Boulder County-owned property between the City of Longmont-owned property adjacent to the South St. Vrain Creek and the Old SSV Bridge.  SSV3 begins on the downstream end of the Old SSV Bridge and continues to just east of Meilly Street in Lyons. Click here for a map. 
  • McConnell to 36 – The McConnell to 36 project area follows the flow path of the mainstem of the St. Vrain Creek. The McConnell to 36 project area begins below McConnell Drive and the former McConnell ponds and continues downstream to approximately the intersection of Hwy 66 and US 36 east of Lyons. Click here for a map. 
  • The Breaches – The Breaches project area follows the flow path of the mainstem of the St. Vrain Creek between Lyons and Longmont. The project area begins approximately at the intersection of Hwy 66 and US 36 east of Lyons and continues downstream to just beyond the intersection of the St. Vrain Creek and Crane Hollow Road. Click here for a map.

Below is an overview map of all the project areas.Overviewv2

An electronic copy of the letter/invitation to our January 11, 2016 Informational Flood Recovery Meeting for Landowners included background information on potential funding for these areas. You can find that letter here.