Abstract: Session A  10:55 am (Back to Session A)
The New Resiliency Requirements of Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Post-Catastrophe Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs) and their Implementation on the Colorado Front Range Following the 2013 Floods

Lee W. Forbes, P.E., D.WRE
SWCA Environmental Consultants
Houston, Texas

It is not widely understood that the major funding to restore damage community infrastructure after natural catastrophes is not provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but rather by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through their Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs).  For more than a decade, HUD has included resiliency requirements with their CDBGs. For rainfall generated flood catastrophes, these resiliency requirements have included the development of watershed assessments and restoration master plans and the subsequent funding of priority watershed and infrastructure restoration projects identified in the master plans. This presentation examines the process as it relates to the watershed and stream restoration projects that are being implemented on the front range of Colorado following the historic 2013 floods. It is hoped that an understanding of this process will help inform stream and wetland restoration professionals in the southwest in advance of the massive CDBG funding expected from Hurricane Harvey and future storms so that watershed, stream, and wetland restoration projects can be maximized in the recovery efforts.