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Southwest Prospect and I-25 Interchange Wetland Management

Southwest Prospect and I-25 Interchange

    • Client: Colorado State University Research Foundation
    • Date: March, 2018 – November, 2018
    • Project Type: Ecological characterization study, ACOE wetland delineation, groundwater monitoring, Jurisdictional Determination request
    • Info: City of Fort Collins hire Blue Mountain to conduct an Ecological Characterization Study, identifying a variety of complex wetlands and requesting a Jurisdictional Determination. 

  • The 142-acre proposed development is located east of Fort Collins along Interstate 25 in Larimer County. The project required several types of environmental compliance per the City of Fort Collins Land Use Code. Blue Mountain collaborated with the landowner, the City of Fort Collins and the Army Corps of Engineers to provide a variety of consulting services. Due to the project’s proximity to the city-owned Running Deer Natural Area and to Boxelder Creek, Blue Mountain prepared an Ecological Characterization Study for the site to satisfy requirements by The City.

  • The report evaluated the effects of development on wildlife, wetlands, vegetation and identified proposed mitigation measures. 

    Because proposed site activities would impact wetlands, Blue Mountain identified a variety of wetlands associated with agricultural ditches, canals and wetlands with unknown sources of hydrology.  We monitored groundwater monitoring levels before and during the irrigation season to demonstrate the source of hydrology.   

  • BMEC submitted a wetland delineation report to ACOE and the City of Fort Collins with groundwater monitoring data to support the Corps’ Jurisdictional Determination.