Case Studies: Profiles of Resiliency in Action
Colorado Hazard Mapping
Colorado Hazard Mapping: Senate Bill 15-245 created a 3-year natural hazard mapping program to be implemented by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Geological Survey. The State’s method of addressing the vulnerability to hazards is unique due to its integrated, multi-hazard approach, including the development of new methodologies for erosion, coupled with the State’s proactive approach to funding this initiative during the rebuilding process, rather than waiting for federal funds to become available long after the recovery is complete
Resilient Design Performance Standards
The Boulder County Collaborative received CDBG-DR funds from HUD for work that addresses the long-term disaster recovery needs from the 2013 floods. As part of their responsibilities in administering this funding, the Collaborative needed to develop resilience performance standards for any infrastructure projects the funds would be used for. To address this requirement, the Boulder County Collaborative set forth on developing the Resilient Design Performance Standard.
I-70 Risk and Resilience Pilot Study
The Colorado roadway network suffered severe damage from the 2013 floods exceeding $700 million to Federal Aid-eligible facilities alone. Following this extreme weather event the Colorado Department of Transportation sought to identify design alternatives that would increase the resilience of the affected sites. In particular, they sought to address their vulnerabilities to future shock events through comprehensive analysis and integrated design approaches, which help mitigate and minimize future losses.
Larimer County Resiliency Framework
Larimer County communities developed the Larimer Community Resiliency Framework, a regional resiliency framework to build local resilience to future shocks and stresses. The Larimer County framework established a collective vision and goals for the county, participating municipalities, and community-based organizations, examined existing conditions across six resiliency sectors, and developed actionable strategies and priority projects to address vulnerabilities.
Colorado High-Hazard Dam Release Tool
Dams provide essential services that are often unseen to many. However, large amounts of water may be released even when dams are functioning properly due to intense rainfall, rapid snowmelt, or other unanticipated circumstances. This can result in flooding to downstream communities.
Colorado Dam Safety developed the Colorado High-Hazard Dam Release - Downstream Floodplain Impacts Database and Ranking Tool to better understand where communities are at risk from dam releases and help identify and prioritize alternative floodplain mitigation and emergency preparedness solutions.
Resilient St. Vrain Project
When the 2013 floods came, officials’ fears came true and Longmont experienced significant flooding throughout the city, particularly areas along the St. Vrain Creek. The most significant flood event in the city’s history, the devastating floods damaged and destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses, and public areas. Longmont knew that it had to start taking action right away to make the Creek, and the community, more resilient against future flooding events if it wanted to avoid similar losses and damages.
Colorado State Forest Service Nursery
The Colorado State Forest Service Nursery (the Nursery) is located in Fort Collins on CSU’s Foothills Campus, and produces seedlings and shrubs that are native to Colorado for conservation and resiliency purposes. Across its 130-acre facility, the Nursery staff grow seedlings for over 50 species of trees, plants, and shrubs, and then sell these products to both public and private landowners throughout Colorado to assist in conservation efforts. The Nursery is one of only five state-managed nurseries in the country, and carries out its operations in over 18,000 square feet of greenhouse space for propagating plants from seed.
Wheat Ridge Priority Based Budgeting
Wheat Ridge is a city of around 31,000 residents located in the suburbs of Denver. For the past seven years, the City has used priority based budgeting when developing its annual budget. Using a priority based budgeting process has allowed the City to align its resources and assets with budget priorities to link financial needs with the City Council’s Strategic Goals.
Colorado’s 2Gen Approach
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is taking a two-generation, or 2Gen, approach to all of the services it offers to help families escape the cycle of poverty. Through its 2Gen efforts, CDHS works to serve families as a whole rather than focusing solely on children or caregivers, helping to increase the likelihood for families meet their full potential and achieve economic stability and security.
CDOT Resiliency Working Group and Oversight Committee
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has established two groups to guide implementation of resiliency efforts within the department. The CDOT Resiliency Working Group provides expertise to help implement departmental resiliency initiatives. The CDOT Resiliency Oversight Committee includes departmental executives such as CDOT’s Deputy Director, Chief Engineer, and Planning Director, who make policy decisions and oversee and provide guidance on departmental resiliency initiatives.
Workforce Resilience Task Force
The Colorado Resiliency Working Group (CRWG) and Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO) selected “Building Workforce Resilience” as a pilot initiative of the Colorado Resiliency Institutionalization Project (CORIP) in fall 2018. Over the course of the project, the co-chairs of this initiative, Charlotte Olsen, Emergency Manager with the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Reed Floarea, Health and Safety Outreach Coordinator with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, established the Workforce Resilience Task Force with the goal of building individual and organizational resilience across State government.
DHSEM Integration of Resiliency Prioritization Criteria
The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has started to integrate the resiliency prioritization criteria defined in the Colorado Resiliency Framework into their project scoring process. DHSEM laid the groundwork for this process by including the resiliency prioritization criteria and defining their approach to integrating the criteria into the division’s review of grant applications in the State Hazard Mitigation Plan when the plan was updated between 2017 and 2018.
Colorado Watershed Flood Recovery 2013-2018
Colorado took a holistic approach to stream system recovery following the 2013 floods by focusing on watershed scale recovery and incorporating long-term resiliency into every project. Download the program description handout to learn more about the State’s approach, the flood recovery work, project highlights in watersheds affected by the 2013 Colorado flood event. and the successful outcomes.
Colorado Disaster Recovery Resilience Planning Program 2014-2019
In the wake of the 2013 disasters, Colorado recognized the opportunity for communities to avoid simply replacing what was lost, and instead, look for opportunities to build back stronger and more resilient. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs established the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Resilience Planning Program to complete the expenditure of nearly $16,000,000 in federal disaster recovery funds.