Black Swan

About the Project

Four Mile Fire Protection District, on behalf of the Fourmile Watershed Coalition, was awarded a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Watershed Resilience Pilot Program. This grant funded the design and restoration of approximately 5,000 linear feet of Fourmile Creek located in Fourmile Canyon, outside of Boulder, Colorado. Restoration was required to restore and stabilize the flood impacted area primarily through sediment removal, grading, and revegetation of the adjacent floodplain.

Frontier Environmental Services was awarded the contract to perform construction activities based on designs approved by the Coalition. The project was developed using the best available data for hydrologic and hydraulic models. Frontier was tasked to determine the most resilient, technically feasible and cost-effective restoration design and to build a comprehensive creek restoration project. This restoration project included enhancing stream channel morphology, creation of an active floodplain where applicable, restoration and creation of new in-stream and riparian habitat to attract and support native fish and wildlife populations, protection of existing infrastructure, and utilization of best management practices (BMPs) to improve water quality and aquatic habitat.