Colorado State Cultural Considerations Overview (11-CO-a)
Most proposed projects will trigger the State’s historic preservation process, which is directed by the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-80.1-102; Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-80.1-104(2)(a); History Colorado - Review and Compliance Webpage.
State Cultural Considerations Overview Process
11-CO-a.1 to 11-CO-a.2 – Does the Project Involve a State Action That May Affect a Historic Property?
In Colorado, the State historic preservation process is triggered by projects involving a state action that may affect a nominated or listed State Register property. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-80.1-102; Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-80.1-104(2)(a); History Colorado - Review and Compliance Webpage. The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) consults with state agencies pursuant to the State Register Act to determine how a proposed project might affect eligible or listed historic properties and to consider alternatives to avoid, minimize, and mitigate effects to such properties. Colo. Code Regs. tit. 8 § 1504-5; History Colorado: Colorado State Register of Historic Properties Webpage; History Colorado: Consultation Guidance. If the project involves a state action that may affect historic property, the developer should initiate the State Historic Preservation Process. For more information, see:
11-CO-a.3 to 11-CO-a.5 - Have Potential Human Remains Been Discovered?
A hydropower developer who discovers or knowingly disturbs suspected human skeletal remains is required to report their findings. According to Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 24-80-1301 - 1305, "human remains" means any part of the body of a deceased human being in any stage of decomposition. If the developer discovers potential human remains, the developer should initiate the Human Remains Discovery Process. For more information, see:
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