Fire and Watershed Recovery
-Colorado Geological Survey explains debris and mud flows and how to stay safe post-fire. Click the link above for more information and watch the video below.
Grand County and Northern Water are partnering and collaborating with other critical partners to ensure the most efficient and effective coordination of emergency watershed restoration efforts in areas of Grand County affected by the East Troublesome Fire. Please refer to the fact sheets below regarding the most recent efforts to help the watersheds recover.
For additional information on fire recovery:
-Grand County and Northern Water are the main partners leading the watershed recovery effort.
-Grand County has applied for assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service created this program to allow communities to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land.
-The United States Geological Survey (USGS) created a map depicting the likelihood of debris-flow generation and the estimates of flow magnitude in locations where debris flows initiate. This is vitally important to assess for community safety.
-A comprehensive page of website links that are valuable to post-fire recovery and restoration information. Coalitions and Collaboratives says, "After a catastrophic wildfire, quick action must be taken to minimize social, environmental, and economic devastation. Responsive action requires navigating a complex maze of diverse landowners, community organizations, and numerous local and federal requirements."
Landowners affected by the 2020 wildfire season should attend two webinars being offered by Colorado State University Extension.
Free to attend, but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a link to join the webinar. Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuciqrDwoGNO1UPpruiOf_BGM_FVre_IK
1) February 18, 2021, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Reseeding Following Wildfire. John Giordanengo, AloTerra Restoration Services. Topics: The goals of seeding after a fire; reseeding methods; recommended seed mix; where seeding is not necessary; soil amendments are rarely needed after a fire; soil surface protection (mulch, erosion control blankets and other erosion control methods); and erosion control measures for gullies, swales, and very steep slopes.
2) February 25, 2021, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Trees & Forest Health: Considerations for Planting Seedling Trees after Wildfire. Mike Hughes, Colorado State Forest Service. Topic: Is my scorched tree dead? Where, what and when to plant seedling trees.
Grand County needs your help! You can help keep our communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. They will be providing FREE training that will emphasize burn scar flooding.
To become a certified Skywarn severe weather spotter sign up and attend the virtual training below:
When: April 20th, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (MDT)
If you or someone you know was impacted review the wastewater resources below:
- Water Users and Property Owners Impacted by Wildland Fire
- CDPHE Guidance for Property Owners Impacted by Wildfires with Homes Served by Wells and Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
- CDPHE Guidance for What to do When Your Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Experiences a Power Outage
- National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT)
- National On-site Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA)
- Colorado Professionals in On-site Wastewater (CPOW)
- After The Flames - A valuable post-fire recovery and restoration information for Homeowners & Residents, Community & Small Business.