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KOA Planting Plan

In 2017, the CDOT Water Quality Section of the Environmental Programs Branch (EPB) relocated their Water Quality Control Measures demonstration site from our former facility in Denver to a new location in Aurora at the former KOA Radio Station site. This facility includes a classroom building and on-site demonstration of sediment and erosion control measures (CMs) and products that satisfy stormwater permit requirements. Greg Fischer of CDOT’s Landscape Architecture Section was instrumental in preparing the site plan for the facility, named the Tom Boyce Water Quality Training Facility (TBWQTF), after the late director of the former Ecological Design Unit.

In 2019, the TBWQTF demonstration area and surrounding landscape were constructed. The TBWQTF includes erosion and sediment control demonstration areas, soil amendments, seeding, and other landscape improvements, including planting of irrigated trees and shrubs. The Landscape Architecture and Water Quality sections of EPB worked closely together to develop a landscape and site plan to improve the demonstration area functionality, help stabilize the site with native grasses and forbs, provide weed control, improve soil health, and provide shade for students. The TBWQTF (aka "KOA") Landscape Plan was implemented in the Spring of 2020.

The Landscape Architecture Section welcomes the opportunity to work with other CDOT divisions and branches to provide site and landscape plan services.