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 $36 million was made 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.
Program participants include Watershed Coalitions that are located in federally‐declared disaster areas from 2012 – 2013 (including FEMA Disasters 4145‐DR severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides; 4134‐DR Black Forest Wildfire; 4133‐DR Royal Gorge Wildfire; and 4067‐DR High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires).
2013 Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides
Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld
Black Forest Wildfire
Royal Gorge Wildfire
High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires
El Paso, Larimer, Teller
Staff is currently working with those eligible applicants who applied, and were awarded funds to reimburse them for disaster-related expenses.
Contacts for Program
Rebecca Ballast, CDBG-DR Administrator
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Division of Local Government, Community Development Office