Left Hand Creek Master Plan

The plan recommends a number of flood mitigation and creek restoration projects that could be implemented with additional funding. Some of these projects have a watershed-wide scope, and others are specific to certain stream reaches. Several potential sources of funding could be used to implement recommended projects.

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  • LWOG to hire Program Specialist

    LWOG is hiring a new program specialist to help with flood recovery restoration projects in Left Hand Creek Watershed! See Link below for full details and send resume and cover letter to Jessie Olson (

    Position Title: Program Specialist
    Employment Status: Full-time, Salaried
    Reports To: LWOG Watershed Coordinator
    Office Location: 6800 Nimbus Road, Longmont, CO 80503
    Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000 annually

    General Description
    The successful applicant will be a motivated, independent, enthusiastic problem-solver who is capable and willing to serve the larger purpose of restoring an environment and community that survived a recent disaster. The Program Specialist is challenged to assist the watershed coordinator in executing day-to-day management and administrative tasks. The specialist will provide support for Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group meetings, grant submittals and tracking, and restoration project implementation in a community of diverse situations and needs. This will require communication and interpersonal and project management skills. Technical expertise or knowledge in river restoration and watershed science is desired. In this position, you will collaborate with other Colorado Watershed Coordinators and Program Assistants, as well as local, county, state, and federal agencies involved with watershed management. You will also be working with contractors, engineers, and a wide variety of natural resource professionals. Training, networking and career development opportunities will be offered in the performance of these duties.

    Supervision Received and Exercised
    The program specialist shall work under the direction of the Watershed Coordinator in carrying out the activities and functions of LWOG.

    Examples of Duties
    Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Provide assistance to the Coordinator in restoration planning and implementation tasks including:
    o Using the Watershed Master Plan to evaluate priority projects in an efficient and compliant manner ensuring collaboration with all stakeholders.
    o Research potential funding sources help develop a strategy to fund project implementation and long term maintenance and monitoring
    o Track restoration project status during planning, implementation and monitoring phases.
    • Complete education and outreach tasks including updating website, developing a newsletter, developing a landowner database, organizing outreach and volunteer events, developing an LWOG marketing strategy, and developing an LWOG Membership program.
    • Assist coordinator in providing landowner assistance including developing a stream stewardship program to educate and inform landowners on appropriate stream stewardship techniques.
    • Assist coordinator in preparing for and conducting LWOG Board meetings and ensuring compliance with the CDBG-DR Capacity Grant requirements.
    • Oversee consultants conducting restoration planning and implementation projects, as appropriate.

    Desired Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years’ experience working in a professional environment or equivalent. Natural resource, hydrology, environmental planning and GIS experience will be helpful. Understanding of watershed and restoration science desired.
    • Ability to express compassion in addressing resident and landowner issues.
    • Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and community outreach.
    • Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
    • Familiarity with watershed concepts and processes of sediment dynamics and modification of flood plains, channels, and aquatic and riparian habitats as a result of flooding.
    • Familiarity with Colorado water issues/politics.
    • Ability to prepare meeting materials and presentations and assist in facilitating meetings.
    • Writing, presentation and public relations skills.
    • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities and manage time effectively.
    • Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel, ability to learn new computer applications, with preference given to candidates who have an understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and their use in watershed planning, and website development and maintenance.
    • A valid Colorado Driver’s License and ability to pass background check including a good driving record. Must have own vehicle, mileage reimbursement available.

    Working Conditions
    Work is performed inside and outside both day and night, under varying and extreme weather conditions, and could include frequent driving of employee’s personal vehicle. Field conditions will include steep, unstable terrain, proximity to fast-moving water, proximity to highway traffic, and typical conditions associated with travel in the foothills and plains of the Rocky Mountain region. Work may include working weekends. Work includes but is not limited to exposure to sun, noise, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, and oils, moving vehicles, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead and above shoulders, use of both hand and fingers, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed. Must have correctable near and far vision, ability to hear, speak, and write. Work also includes the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to utilize communication equipment.

    Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no otherwise qualified individual shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or religious affiliation, sex, familial status, age, genetics, disability, or national origin in any phase of employment for this position. Further, the work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (Section 3) which states that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing.

    Salary and Position Details
    Salary range: $35,000 to $45,000 with benefits including paid time off (holiday, sick, vacation and personal leave) and employer contribution to a retirement plan. The location of the office for the position will be at the Left Hand Water District office, 6800 Nimbus Road in Longmont CO. The initial engagement length of the position is one year with intention of continuation for 2.5 years and beyond.

    To Apply:
    Please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to: Jessica Olson at by February 5th for priority consideration, although the position shall stay open until filled. Applications may also be mailed to Left Hand Watershed Oversight Group – P.O. Box 1074 – Niwot, CO 80544-1074. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate the applicants’ ability to fulfill the stated duties and meet the qualifications of the position. Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted during the weeks of February 8th and 15th.

    LWOG-Program Specialist Job Description Final

  • Reach 3B Project Final Notice

    Recently, LWOG received funding to design and implement restoration along Lefthand Creek between Airport Road and Highway 119. The specific elements of this proposed project are to restore this 2,200 foot section of the creek  in order to restore geomorphic function, improve flood resiliency, facilitate restoration of recreational access, and reduce flood risks as outlined in the 2014 Left Hand Creek Watershed Master Plan.  The project will include the following elements:  rebuild floodplain benches/stabilize banks; narrow the active channel, add riffle/pool complexity, and reestablish riparian vegetation; clean excessive sediment at road crossings in particular, and along the entire creek section as required; establish a compound channel, including a low flow channel which will promote appropriate sediment transport and a floodplain to provide conveyance of water and debris during floods; remove sediment and debris from 87th Street bridge crossing, which will enlarge and stabilize the channel and facilitate reopening of the existing bike path underpass that is currently covered in sediment; and perform passive restoration and re-vegetation.

  • CDBG-DR Home Access Program Update

    Boulder County released a flyer summarizing the changes to the CDBG-DR Home Access Program.  Contact Boulder County with any questions.

    Home Access Update Jan 2016

  • The Newsletter is Here!

    The new LWOG e-newsletter has arrived!  The first issue of River Report launched earlier this month.  If you are not already subscribed and would like to receive the monthly newsletter, email us at

  • Lefthand Canyon Dr Road Closures and Delays

    Lefthand Canyon Dr will be under construction beginning on Monday, Dec. 18 causing road closures and delays.  Central Fedaral Lands, CFL, hired Kelley Trucking to work on the project.  They will reconstruct areas damaged by the 2013 flood and improve the overall safety of Lefthand Canyon Dr.

    Dec. 18 through May 20,  2016, the portion of the road between Old Stage Rd and James Canyon Dr will be completely closed from 8 a.m. to noon and again 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Travelers can anticipate 30 minute delays on Saturdays and no construction on Sundays.

    More construction is planned between US 36 and Lickskillet Dr.  This work will happen May 21 through the end of the project in November, 2016.  Boulder County plans for 1-hour delays during the week with no construction on the weekends.

    Boulder County, CFL (a division of the Federal Highway Administration), and Kelley Trucking will host a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 7 to discuss the project.  Residents are invited to learn more and ask any questions regarding the road closures and construction.  The meeting will be held at Altona Grange, 9386 N. 39th St, Boulder from 6 to 7 p.m.

    Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle said Kelley Trucking will also construct four bridges and restore portions of Left Hand Creek next to the road to improve the health of the watershed.

    More information can be found on Boulder County’s website.

  • NRCS Community Meeting

    We are hosting a community meeting on Thursday, December 3, to update residents on the National Resource Conservation Service damage surveys.  Residents of the Left Hand Plains Reach are invited attend the meeting to learn about the survey results and the next step in this process.  If you cannot attend the meeting, but would still like information, contact us at

    The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the Left Hand Water District Office (6800 Nimbus Rd.)

  • New LWOG Logo

    LWOG is looking to update its current logo.  We’re seeking a graphic artist to help design something that shows what LWOG does. If you would like to contribute a design pro bono or low-cost, or have a recommendation for someone who would, email us at

  • RFP for James Creek Designs

    LWOG is now accepting proposals for James Creek 30% designs.

    This project will provide a 30% design for James Creek reaches 16-1 and 16-2, and a technical review of completed restoration work in reach 18.  LWOG seeks a qualified consultant(s) to assess and develop design documents that will inform future rehabilitation & resilience efforts.  The planning process will build upon relevant prior analyses, utilize or develop modified hydrologic and hydraulic models, and assess the current and desired geomorphic condition to determine the most technically feasible and cost-effective resilient restoration alternative. This work will assess impacts to the stream corridors and develop 30% designs for mitigation of flooding and sedimentation, and the restoration of the stream corridors to a resilient condition.

    For the open solicitation please see:

    Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing Group



    Relevant documents:

    DOLA 30% Design Guidelines:

    30% Design Guidelines

    Boulder County Designs:

    Pages from James Canyon Hydraulics Memo_with Attachments3_1-50

    James Canyon Revised Geotech

    Recommendations Memo James Canyon FIR Xsec

    James Canyon FIR Plans

    Left Hand Creek Master Plan:

    FINAL Left Hand Creek Watershed Master Plan

    FINAL Left Hand Creek Watershed Master Plan Mapbook

    Field Visit notes and questions and response:

    pre-proposal site visit notes 10-14-15


  • Rocky Mountain E-Bids

    Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group has partnered with BidNet as part of the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing Group and will post their bid opportunities to this site.  As a vendor, you can register with the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System and be sure that you see all available bids and opportunities. By selecting automatic bid notification, your company will receive emails once Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc has a bid opportunity that matches your company’s business. In addition, the site handles bid opportunities, RFPs, and RFQs for other member governmental agencies throughout Colorado.

    Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group, Inc looks forward to providing you with more bid information and simplifying the entire bid, proposal, and quote processes for everyone involved.  We appreciate your cooperation and welcome your participation.  If you need help registering, please call the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System support department toll free 1-800-835-4603.

    Link to Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group, Open Solicitations:

    Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing Group

    Link to Vendor Registration Screen for Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group

    Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System

  • Early Notice for Reach 3B Project

    The Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group is a citizen-based nonprofit group working with residents and partners to improve water quality, watershed health, and watershed awareness along Left Hand, James, and Little James Creeks in Boulder County, Colorado. We would like to thank the Left Hand Water District and Boulder County for their financial support to Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group. Their generosity helps us work for clean streams and a healthy environment.