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Chatfield Downstream Channel Project

The United States Army Corps of Engineers constructed the Chatfield Downstream Channel Improvement Project in the 1980s. The project improved drainage, flood control and water flow in the channel of the South Platte River immediately downstream of Chatfield Reservoir. As a partner in the project, the CWCB owns approximately 7 miles of the South Platte River floodplain and channel lands in Arapahoe County and is charged with managing and maintaining these lands, as well as receiving and acting on requests for easements.

The CWCB Board receives easement requests from utility companies, special districts, developers, engineers, municipalities, environmental and recreational groups, and individuals. The CWCB uses the “Easement Guidelines for the Chatfield Downstream Channel Improvement Project” to evaluate requests.

The CWCB maintains a GIS layer of the parcels it owns as a part of the Chatfield Downstream Channel Improvement Project. The GIS layer, copies of easements and associated paperwork about the CWCB's parcels are available upon request to Joe Busto. Other documentation about neighboring parcels can be found at the Araphahoe County Assessor's office.

How to Apply for an Easement
Entities interested in obtaining an easement from the CWCB should download, review and adhere to the following documents: ­
Applicants then should call Joe Busto at 303-866-3441 x3209 to schedule a site visit to discuss the applicant’s proposed uses. Depending on the scope, extent and location of the project, the CWCB will invite other partners to participate.

Easement requests are discussed and then approved or denied at CWCB Board Meetings in January, March, May, July, September and November. Fees are set using the “Chatfield Downstream Channel Improvement Fee Structure.” Easements are typically for 25 years, are renewable and are paid in a lump sum.

After an easement is approved by the CWCB, staff members and the Attorney General’s Office will draft an easement contract for signature. Issues raised by Project Partners listed below and others could become conditions in the easement contract; therefore, it is best to coordinate with the Project Partners and follow the Guidelines.

Project Partners
The CWCB requires coordination and approval from the following partners for consideration and approval of an easement request: Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, South Platte Park and the cities of Littleton and Englewood.

Maintenance/Emergency Access and Special Events
The CWCB is actively pursuing vegetation management along the South Platte River from Columbine Valley downstream to approximately the Bear Creek confluence. The “Proposed Vegetation Management” document discusses overall goals, while the detailed “Chatfield Downstream Channel Improvement - Vegetation Management Plan” provides a description of the CWCB’s intended implementation plan in order to meet Corps of Engineers’ inspection and maintenance requirements. More information is available in the Fact Sheet and FAQs.

To host a special event immediately along the South Platte River in this reach, a Special Use Event Permit Application must be completed and submitted to the CWCB. The completed application may be submitted via fax, mail or email to:
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Attn: Joe Busto
1313 Sherman St., Room 718
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: 303-861-4272
For access to CWCB project lands for emergency repair for maintenance, flood recovery or debris removal involving lands immediately along the South Platte River in this reach, a Scheduled Repair/Maintenance or Emergency Permit Application must be completed and submitted to the CWCB. The completed application may be submitted via fax, mail or email to:
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Attn: Joe Busto
1313 Sherman St., Room 718
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: 303-861-4272
Note: If this request is an emergency and is an issue of public health, safety and welfare, please contact Tom Browning at 720-289-1264, who is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

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Key Reports, Presentations & Other
Documents

­A paper submitted to the Whitewater Courses & Parks 2010 conference discusses the issues with designing and retrofitting whitewater parks in urban areas for public safety.

Final report and maps of CWCB's South Platte easements.

 



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