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1 Wildfire & Flash Flood Recovery Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Flood Mitigation Efforts April 2014 Fall 2013

2 Recovery Specific to Incident Recovery Efforts Depend on: Population Impacted Topography of Area Size and Extent of Disaster Homes Damaged/Destroyed Businesses Damaged/Destroyed Infrastructure Damage/Destroyed Utilities Damaged/Destroyed Jurisdictions Public Health Concerns Citizen & Volunteer Reponse Funding Resources

3 June 11, 2013: north of Colorado Springs in unincorporated El Paso County Two people killed 14,000 acres burned, heavily forested area 488 homes destroyed Black Forest Fire

4 Waldo Canyon Fire June 23, 2012: near Colorado Springs in western El Paso County Two people killed 18,247 acres burned, mostly mountainous, steep terrain 347 homes destroyed More than $40 million spent on fire recovery and flood mitigation to date

5 Overview of Effort

6 Waldo Canyon - Above Cascade Work on private property: Debris removal Structure protection -Gabions -TRAP bags -Sand bags & berms Channel improvements

7 Above Cascade Gabions TrapBags

8 Cascade Projects Grade control Catchment basins Log crib walls Rock crib walls Riprap run downs Road water bars Erosion control logs Erosion control matting Revegetation

9 Grade Control Purpose: slow water down Achieved by use of several techniques: Sills Crib walls Energy dissipation Basins Erosion control matting

10 Grade Control Rock check dams in series for grade control Rock-lined low water crossing to protect road from erosion

11 Catchment Basins Used to catch sediment and reduce peak flows

12 Log & Rock Crib Walls Channel is flattened to spread out water Slows down flow and allows for infiltration

13 Riprap Rundown Flow across cul-de-sac is channeled into opening between RIBS bags Rock sill at bottom dissipates energy Channel is covered in reinforced erosion matting Re-graded side slopes are seeded and matted

14 Riprap Rundown

15 Road Water Bars Diverts flows off of roadway

16 Rainbow Falls Pond (before) Dam

17 Rainbow Falls Pond (after) Dam Used existing structure built in 1934 by Civilian Conservation Corps Removed 3,400 cubic yards of decomposed granite Achieved approximately 3 acre-feet of storage

18 Rainbow Falls Pond (after) Sediment Line Three to five feet of sediment removed from pond area Approximately 50 trees removed

19 Manitou Springs Structure Protection

20 Williams Canyon Evaluated canyon from old entrance gate to Forest Service boundary: Temporary access road Rosgen structures Debris removal Decommission road upon completion

21 Williams Canyon Very limited access in upper reach (from falls to USFS boundary, walk in only) Varied geology in middle stretch (in red) Inadequate space available for catchments/no access for maintenance Archeological clearances require removal of old road and wall Not cost effective

22 EWP Spending Summary Waldo Canyon Fire & Flooding Incurred and Budgeted Costs (as of 3/12/14) Total Project Cost Local Match (25%) Above Cascade - Complete Construction $ 410,788 $ 102,697 Cascade - Complete Technical Assistance $ 89,005 $ 0 Construction $ 424,809 $ 106,202 Rainbow Falls Pond - Complete Construction $ 128,662 $ 32,166 Manitou Springs - Complete Technical Assistance $ 36,653 $ 0 Construction $ 28,754 $ 7,188 Williams Canyon - Complete Technical Assistance $ 59,130 $ 0 Total $ 1,177,801 $ 248,253* Cascade - In Progress Construction (cleanable catchment basin) $ 232,400 $ 58,100* Ute Pass Area - Planned Technical Assistance $ 1,865 $ 0 Construction (structure protection) $ 855,719 $ 213,930* Manitou Springs - Planned Technical Assistance $ 347,147 $ 0 Construction $ 1,900,000 $ 475,000** Total $ 3,337,131 $ 747,030 * In-kind match amount provided by our partner CUSP ** Match amount to provided by Manitou Springs

23 Planned Projects September 2013 Flooding September 2013 Flooding Exigent 3 projects Match = 12.5% Shorter timeframe Non-Exigent (NOT FUNDED) 12 projects $2.3M (25% Match) Longer timeframe

24 Seven Falls Undermined wall and erosion

25 Seven Falls Bank failure and debris dam in creek

26 Seven Falls Undermined wall and bank failure

27 K5 Ranch Bank failure and erosion at bend in Fountain Creek Threatening 115 kv power line in background

28 K5 Ranch Bank failure and erosion at bend in Fountain Creek

29 Cascade Middle Channel Sediment removal & channel stabilization Grade control structures & catchment basins Low water crossings

30 EWP Spending Summary September 2013 Flooding Phase 1 Exigent (Funding Agreement in Process as of 3/12/14) Seven Falls Total Project Cost Local Match (12.5%)* Construction $ 322,000 $ 40,250 K5 Ranch Construction $ 620,000 $ 77,500 Cascade Middle Channel Construction $ 1,256,000 $ 157,000 Total $ 2,198,000 $ 274,750* * Project costs and match to be provided by property owners for Seven Falls and K5 Ranch; CUSP to provide match for Cascade Middle Channel

31 Recovery: Public Communication Efforts Public Meetings in impacted areas to address Post fire public safety risks: restoration of Utilities, Flash Flooding, Dead Trees, Infrastructure damage/repair Insurance Advocacy Consider Non-Profit like United Policyholders Recovery projects updates and timelines Communicate clearly funding requirements and efforts Interagency responsibilities and cooperation Non-profit resources Non-stop press releases, blasts, social media, recovery information web page, etc use all avenues

32 Recovery Collaboration Identify Partners and Responsibilities now Government Agencies County Cities & Towns Utilities State Department of Local Affairs Office of Emergency Management U.S. Forest Service Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) U.S. Congressional representation State Department of Transportation Army Corps of Engineering Water Quality: State and County Health Dept. U.S. Weather Service Other Jurisdictional Agencies

33 Recovery Collaboration Identify Partners and Responsibilities now Coordinate for participation at a Disaster Assistance Center Non Profits & Disaster Assistance Goodwill United Way Red Cross United Policyholders Insurance Agencies Food Banks Faith Based Organizations Environmental Organizations Mental Health Organizations Local Agencies that can help with funding, volunteers, food, clothing, health care, home building organizations, etc.

34 Recovery Collaboration What You Can Provide. Coordinate for participation at a Disaster Assistance Center County & Affiliated Agencies Budget & Finance (FEMA) Transportation/Fleet Engineering Assessor Human Services Public Health Regional Building Environmental Services Sheriff s Office Office of Emergency Management Public Information Workforce Center Small Business Development Center

35 Prevention is Critical The same conditions that contributed to the Waldo Canyon Fire and subsequent flooding exist in lands adjacent to the burn scar Major population centers and life safety at risk Communities and critical U.S. highway connecting the Front Range to the mountains

36 Prevention is Critical Healthy forest management is a fraction of the cost of fighting and recovering from forest fires and floods. A healthy forest has 100 trees per acre; a typical acre in Pike National Forest has 1,000 trees Forestry projects that prevent catastrophic forest fires are key to limiting lasting regional economic impact from fires and flash floods There is approximately 212,000 acres of Pike National Forest in El Paso and Teller Counties; 18,000 acres burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire National Forest officials say all acreage needs active management

37 Needs for Current & Future Projects Emergency Watershed Protection Program funds to initiate and complete projects and expand mitigation. Funds to restore healthy forests to prevent catastrophic wildfires and damage to watersheds and communities. Funds needed for hazardous fuel reduction to aid in healthy forests. Continuation of Good Neighbor Authority and Forest Stewardship Program under the Farm Bill critical in current and future forest fire mitigation projects. Funds (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program) needed to purchase private property that is repeatedly flooded to reduce long-term risk and insured losses.

38 Legislative & Funding Needs U.S. Forest Service Healthy Forest Initiatives Natural Resources Conservation Service (EWP) Biggert Waters Act & NFIP insurance premiums FEMA National Flood Insurance Program & HMGP Community Development Block Grant flexibility Stafford Act changes to include post-fire floods Army Corps of Engineers (Sec. 205 assistance) Department of Defense support for forest mitigation near Cheyenne Mountain EPA and watershed restoration and protection Transportation infrastructure

39 Questions

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