FINAL NOTICE OF A POTENTIAL IMPACT TO A FLOOD HAZARD AND WETLAND AREA

 

 

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs will be committing CDBG/DR funds, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended or Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, to undertake a project known as Lefthand Creek Reach 3b Resilience & Flood Mitigation Improvements.  The specific elements of this proposed project include remove debris remaining from the September 2013 flood including several large debris dams and debris impeding the transport of sediment; rebuild floodplain benches/stabilize banks; establish a compound channel that will allow upstream sediment to flow freely as prescribed in the Left Hand Creek Watershed Master Plan for the downstream section of Reach 3b; narrow the channel, add riffle/pool complexity, and re-establish riparian vegetation.  The proposed action, if implemented, will impact a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA); reference FEMA flood insurance rate map (FIRM) panels 08013C0407J and 08013C0269J, and a wetland area.  The purposes of this notice are to:

(1) inform the public of this commitment;

(2) identify the reasons why the proposal must be located in the floodplain and wetland area;

(3) provide a list of the alternatives considered; and

(4) discuss all mitigation measures to be undertaken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values.

Details concerning the proposed project are available for examination/copying at Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group office within Left Hand Water District, 6800 Nimbus Road, Longmont, CO, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the proposed project to Crystal Andrews, 1313 Sherman St., 3rd Floor, Denver, CO 80203.  All comments must be received no later than January 19, 2016.

 

Crystal Andrews

Colorado Department of Local Affairs

 

Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

for the Lefthand Creek Reach 3b Resilience & Flood Mitigation Improvements

January 12, 2016

Crystal Andrews, Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Environmental Review and Compliance Specialist, 1313 Sherman Street, 3rd Floor, Denver, CO 80203.  crystal.andrews@state.co.us.  (303) 864-7894.

This notice shall satisfy procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group.

 

REQUEST FOR THE RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about January 20, 2016, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended or Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, to undertake a project known as Lefthand Creek Reach 3b Resilience & Flood Mitigation Improvements for the purposes of restoring a 2,200-foot section of the Left Hand Creek in order to restore geomorphic function, improve flood resiliency, maintain the existing recreational access, and reduce flood risks as outlined in the Left Hand Creek Watershed Master Plan. The estimated amount of funding is $298,739.

An environmental review for the project has been made by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and is available for public examination and copying at the offices noted below.  Based on this review, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs has determined that a request for release of funds will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment and hence, an environmental impact statement will not be undertaken under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (P.L. 91-190).  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at office of Crystal Andrews, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, 1313 Sherman St., 3rd Floor, Denver, CO 80203 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, 1313 Sherman St., 3rd Floor, Denver, CO 80203.  All comments received by January 19, 2016 will be considered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Crystal Andrews in her capacity as Environmental Review and Compliance Specialist consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group to use Program funds.

LeftHandCreek final notice

Exhibit IV-C-Lefthand Creek-010716