In late 2014, SVATU partnered with South Creek Ltd. to co-sponsor the 2015 Cane Conclave. Our fund raising committee worked with South Creek for nearly 9 months to plan a Silent Auction and establish a Button Rock Preserve Restoration Fund. Proceeds from the event and the auction in excess of $28,000. These funds will be donated to ongoing restoration efforts. Our chapter truly appreciates and is thankful for the generosity of our members and friends who made this a success.
The following businesses and individuals contributed generously to make the Button Rock Preservation Fundraiser a success. Please support them when and where you can.
Button Rock Preserve Restoration Activities and Plans
Flood recovery and restoration work within Button Rock Preserve will take place in several phases. After much hard work by both the City of Longmont and Boulder County, with support from the State of Colorado and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the first phase of repairs were completed nearly 21 months after the September 2013 floods, and the Preserve reopened to the public June 17, 2015. Read more from the City of Longmont.
The next phase of permanent repairs are scheduled to begin late 2015 and be completed in early 2016. The City of Longmont and Boulder County are working jointly to coordinate Longmont Dam Road reconstruction and lower Button Rock Preserve restoration work with the North St. Vrain Creek Restoration project. To extend the value of grant funds and capitalize on efficiencies of scale, the City and the County are pooling CDBG-DR implementation and 30% design funds to enable complete design/execution of restoration efforts for approximately 1800 feet of river.
The project boundaries extend from the box culverts upstream of the Preserve gate to the downstream limit of the Preserve. The philosophy of the planned work is to keep the river as natural as possible, minimizing changes to the current geometry. Where the flood changes were minor or did not negatively impact the river geomorphology or future flood resiliency, very few changes will take place. This phase of work will also incorporate efforts to replace the handicap fishing access that was washed away in the flood. Project plans should be available for public comment and review mid-October 2015. This project is an example of the positive collaboration that is taking place in our community to maximize flood recovery dollars to the benefit of our citizens.
North St. Vrain Creek Habitat Improvement design plans can be reviewed here.
Longmont Dam Road reconstruction plans can be reviewed here.
Future phases of restoration work will address the section of river between Longmont Reservoir and Ralph Price Reservoir. This work is in the very infancy of planning stages. We’ll update this report as time progresses.
John C. Nelson
Carl Rodhe Estate
Dave Mosnik/Phil Sock
Larry Jordan and Alan Kube
John C Nelson