Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Colorado Springs lands $4.6-million FEMA grant

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 11:57 AM

click to enlarge Douglas Creek is one of two projects that will be completed using money from FEMA. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Douglas Creek is one of two projects that will be completed using money from FEMA.
The city's neglected stormwater system got a $4.6 million infusion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for two creek projects, the city and FEMA announced Dec. 19.

FEMA’s grant represents 75 percent of the projects' cost, with the city covering the balance, and is the equivalent of about a quarter of the money the city raises annually through stormwater fees charged to residents and businesses.

The first grant, for $2,612,325, will fund a bank stabilization project along a 1,100-foot stretch of Douglas Creek that eroded during 2013 and 2015 flood events and continues to erode with normal flow events, FEMA said in a release. The total cost will be $3,483,100.

From the release:
The proposed project is located on the creek between its confluence with Monument Creek and Interstate 25, just south of Garden of the Gods Road. Upon completion, this stretch of Douglas Creek will be designed to withstand a 100-year flood event. It will function as a natural stream corridor, build resilience in future events by restoring floodplain function, and will help downstream by reducing sediment in the Fountain Creek watershed.

The second grant, for $2,005,125, will fund restoration and stabilization along a 1,750 foot section of Pine Creek that's seen signification erosion and bank failure since the 2013 flood. The total cost is $2,673,500.

This project will use natural channel construction to reconnect with the natural floodplain and will employ an upstream detention pond to be constructed separately by the city. It, too, will reduce sediment downstream.

Funding is provided through FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.

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