May 19, 2022

Projects Continue this Summer Under the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Grand County and Northern Water are continuing to implement several post-fire watershed restoration projects under the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program that was implemented following the 2020 East Troublesome Fire. 

Since early 2021, Northern Water and Grand County have implemented more than $22 million in watershed restoration projects. Last summer, Grand County and Northern Water implemented over 15 different types of projects throughout affected areas of the East Troublesome Fire. These included:

  • Installation of debris booms in Grand Lake and Willow Creek Reservoir to protect infrastructure from floating debris.
  • Over 5,200 acres of aerial mulching to reduce potential hillslope erosion on burned soils.
  • Construction of check structures in gullies to trap and store sediment mobilized from the hillslope and to prevent downcutting by increased peak flows.
  • Removal of sediment along areas of State Highway 125 following 2021 precipitation events.
  • Flood protection projects to protect private properties against postfire flooding.
Projects Planned for 2022

Projects planned for this summer include sediment management, channel stability, flood risk reduction, road protection, and hillslope and gully erosion control. Projects will be implemented throughout the burn area and are expected to be complete by fall of 2022.