Local Agency Call for Projects

2018 Call for Projects

The Spring 2018 call for projects is closed. Please check back in late August/early September 2018 for another call for projects for Local Agencies.

The goals of this program are to finance PWQ stormwater projects that support local agencies’ efforts, benefit water quality in receiving waters, and treat runoff from CDOT’s MS4 area. CDOT intends to build PWQ control measures more effectively and efficiently by partnering with local agencies on mutually beneficial and comprehensive projects.

CDOT’s Mitigation Pool Fund is required by the CDOT Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit (COS000005). The criteria in the application are based on CDOT’s MS4 Permit and proposed projects must meet CDOT’s MS4 requirements. The Mitigation Pool Committee will consider overall water quality benefit, partnerships, local watershed priority, and project components identified in the Guidance and Application.


Please contact Rachel Hansgen, Mitigation Pool Fund Manager, to schedule a meeting to review your application, with questions and to submit your application: [email protected] or (303) 757-9975.

CDOT Planners and Local Agency Planners are important resources listed below.

2018 Spring Application Schedule

  • April 18, 2018 – Call for Mitigation Pool Fund applications opens
  • April 30, 2018 - Pre-Application Meeting (View Slides)
  • June 18, 2018 at 5 PM MST– Local Agency Applications Due
  • By late July 2018 – The Mitigation Pool Committee interview applicants (if needed)
  • By early August, 2018 – The Mitigation Pool Committee selects projects, notifies applicants and begins the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) Process
  • One month after execution of the IGA, the project team must submit a detailed project schedule 

Application, Guidance, and Resources

Please review the following information before submitting an application:


CDOT PWQ Program Website contains manuals, forms, and other PWQ Program Information

Resources for local agencies: 

Resources on federal and state requirements:

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Local Agencies Interested in State only Funding (Defederalization) For Permanent Water Quality (PWQ) Mitigation Fund Projects

Does a project have to be located within CDOT’s MS4 area?

The project does not have to be located within CDOT’s MS4 area, but it must treat a significant portion of CDOT's MS4 area.  Significant will be evaluated based on current applications.  Projects with the highest percent of CDOT area treated will score more points than those with the lowest portion of CDOT MS4 area treated for this criteria.

Do projects located in-stream qualify for receiving Mitigation Pool Funding?
No. Projects located in-stream do not qualify for Mitigation Pool funding. Treatment must occur prior to entering a Water of the State (i.e. before the high water mark) for the project to be eligible to receive Mitigation Pool Funds. If a project includes both types of treatment, CDOT may provide Mitigation Pool funds for the portion of a project providing treatment prior to entering a Water of the State.  For example, if a project proposes to build and off-line extended detention basin and stabilize an adjacent stream, the project could apply to use mitigation pool dollars to build the detention basin, but funds could not be used for the stream stabilization portion of the project. CDOT encourages applicants to contact the NDRD Program Manager for questions to determine eligibility on projects that may have some components that are eligible and some that are not.

Can mitigation pool funds be used to build flood control facilities?
No; mitigation pool funds cannot be used to build flood detention facilities. However, mitigation pool funds may be used to retrofit an existing flood control basin if the purpose of the retrofit is to provide water quality. Additionally, full-spectrum detention would be eligible to apply for mitigation pool funds, but could only receive funds for the water quality portion of the facility.

Why do I need to follow Federal requirements like NEPA and Super-circular?
A large portion of CDOT funds come from the Federal Highway Administration and there are federal requirements associated with using those funds. A large portion of the Mitigation Pool funds are therefore federal funds and must follow federal requirements.  Federal requirements may include, but are not limited to: NEPA, contractor selection, Doing Business As (DBA) requirements, right of way acquisition, etc. Each region has one or more local agency contacts that can help you navigate the federal process.  Please see the Contact tab. 


PWQ Program Manager: Rachel Hansgen
                                      [email protected]

The following Region Water Quality Specialists can assist in discussions of proposed PWQ Program projects.

Region Water Quality Specialists

Region 1 
Susie Hagie
[email protected]

Basil Ryer
[email protected]

Region 2
Troy Rice
[email protected] 

Region 3
Leslie Modrick
[email protected] 

Region 4
Nick Schipanski
[email protected] 

Region 5

Danielle Wilkinson
[email protected]

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The following CDOT local agency coordinators can assist in navigating CDOT and federal project requirements.

Local Agency Coordinators

Region 1
Carol Anderson
[email protected]

Wendy Williams
[email protected] 

John Vetterling
[email protected]

Joy French
[email protected]

Region 2
Shane Ferguson
[email protected] 

Scott Dalton
[email protected]

Donald Scanga
[email protected]

Region 3
Jason Huddle
[email protected] 

Region 4
Jake Schuch
[email protected] 

Katelyn Smith
[email protected]

Katrina Kloberdanz
[email protected]

Bryce Reeves
[email protected] 

Region 5
Robert Shanks
[email protected] 
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