McConnell Project

The McConnell Project is currently in its design process, led by Enginuity Engineering Solutions, as part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program. The SVCC is the local sponsor for this project, which is anticipated to go to construction in late fall 2017. This project is funded by the EWP Program, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, with further financial support from the Saint Vrain Anglers Trout Unlimited and the Town of Lyons. To learn more about the EWP program and the SVCC’s EWP projects, click here.

The McConnell Project extends from below the Highland Diversion downstream to Hwy 36, east of the Town of Lyons. You can see a map below.

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. 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.

  • July 30, 2017 email update
    • The team attended a mandatory Boulder County Limited Impact Special Use (LISU) Review pre-application meeting on 7/20 to discuss the review process.
    • The design team is waiting on survey data, so the development of the conceptual design will be delayed. More information to come soon.
    • If you have comments or concerns regarding this project, please submit them via this link http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/permanent/mcconnellcomments/ on our website.
  • July 13, 2017 email update
    • The McConnell kickoff meeting took place on 7/7, and included a site visit with the design team, funders, SVCC, and landowners. The kickoff meeting included a discussion of next steps, schedule, permitting, roles, etc.
      Matt Booth, SVCC Vice President and resident of the Town of Lyons, is the community liaison for this project. If you have questions on the project and you see him around town, he is a great person to talk to. Feel free to contact SVCC staff, as well.
    • The team is working towards having a draft conceptual design by the end of July.
    • If you have comments or concerns regarding this project, please submit them via this link http://www.saintvraincreekcoalition.org/permanent/mcconnellcomments/ on our website.
  • July 1, 2017 email update
    • A design team has been selected by the CWCB EWP funders. The design team is comprised of Enginuity, Olsson Associates, and Great Ecology.
    • The kickoff meeting with CWCB will be on Friday, 7/7 and will include a site visit.
    • Surveyors (Precision Survey & Mapping) will be surveying the site in the next few weeks. We will give landowners at least 24 hour notice prior to their site visit.
  • June 19, 2017 email update
    • Surveyors (Precision Survey & Mapping) will be surveying the site in the next few weeks. We will give landowners at least 24 hour notice prior to their site visit.
    • A design team will be provided by the funders. We will let you know which firms are designing this project once they are selected.
    • The SVCC was awarded a grant of $247,000 from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for the needed local sponsor construction match, construction oversight, legal fees, project delivery, and permitting. All funds for design and construction are now secured.
    • Eventually the funds needed for the required 3-yr monitoring and maintenance period will need to be raised; those funds are 2% ($20,000) of the construction cost which is currently estimated at $1,000,000.

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