Left Hand Creek Flood Control Project in Southmoor Park, PW&NR
December 21, 2010 Update
The Left Hand Creek Project plans and specifications are 100% complete.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Review – The FEMA floodplain review has been completed and on November 10, 2010, the City received a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) from FEMA stating that, upon completion of this project, a revision to the effective Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) would be warranted. A Letter of Map Revision will be required at the completion of the project.
City Environmental Review – Any work occurring within the waters of the US or that could impact wetlands, or threatened and endangered species, requires review and permitting. On October 15, 2010, the City received the required 404 Permit from the Department of Army Corps of Engineers permitting work on this project and approving the designed mitigation of the construction’s impact to this waterway and its wildlife.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Funding – The City has been working with the Colorado Division of Emergency Management to apply for a Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Hazard Mitigation Assistance/Flood Mitigation Assistance grant. The grant application was made in the amount of $3,000,000. The City has been informed by the Colorado Division of Emergency Management that FEMA has identified the Left Hand Creek Project as cost-effective and feasible, and that $3,000,000 in funding has been set aside for this project pending an environmental assessment process. At the completion of the environmental assessment, the City anticipates a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be issued including mitigations and stipulations required for the project. The award process is implemented after the FONSI has been issued.
Due to this grant process, the projected January start of construction for this project as was previously stated will be delayed. We anticipate that this grant process will take 6 to 9 months to complete. Based on this, the City is anticipating that the earliest that the project would go to bid and begin construction is mid to late summer 2011. Updates to this projected scheduling will be provided as they become available.
March 26, 2012
Public Works & Natural Resources