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Colorado Damage Prevention Information

Call Before You Dig!

Call 811 Colorado law requires in most cases that you must call to have underground facilities located before you begin an excavation or demolition – before you begin digging. This is to avoid damage to pipelines and other underground facilities and to protect the safety of you and others. Call before you dig, it’s required by law. Dial 811 to contact the one-call center. The call is free and there is no cost to you for the service. Remember, Call 811 before you dig. More...

PHMSA Data on Excavation Damage to Pipelines in Colorado

Excavation damage to pipelines can result in deaths and injuries, as well as property and environmental damage. PHMSA has created data reports related to excavation damage to pipelines.

Mapping Reportable Pipeline Incidents Caused by Excavation Damage

PHMSA has created an interactive map of reportable pipeline incidents caused by excavation damage. The map depicts the locations of the incidents as well as "heat maps" that show where incidents are concentrated geographically. The heat maps are best shown when the map is zoomed out. The map can be panned and zoomed and each individual point indicating an excavation damage incident can be clicked on to view the data associated with the incident, as reported to PHMSA by the pipeline operator. Map data are described and may be downloaded from http://phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/library/data-stats/flagged-data-files. Questions about the map can be directed to Sam Hall at sam.hall@dot.gov.

Colorado Damage Prevention Program Characterization

Working with key damage prevention stakeholders in each State, PHMSA has characterized State damage prevention programs relative to the nine elements of effective damage prevention programs, as cited by Congress in the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2006. This characterization is intended to help all stakeholders better understand the successes of and challenges to their State’s damage prevention program and where the program may need improvement. This characterization can also help PHMSA determine where it can focus further assistance. More information is available regarding PHMSA’s State Damage Prevention Program Characterization (SDPPC) initiative.

PHMSA utilized a characterization tool with criteria to ensure consistency in characterizing the State programs. During the characterization discussions, participants were asked to provide supporting comments and to briefly summarize the results, key points, challenges, and ongoing initiatives relative to underground facility damage prevention for their States. The extent, completeness, and clarity of their observations and input varied from state to state. The most recent completed state damage prevention program characterization tool for Colorado is available.

Below is a depiction of the most recent overall characterization of Colorado's damage prevention program.

Colorado State Damage Prevention Program CharacterizationEffective Damage Prevention Program Element
green dotElement 1 - Enhanced Communication between Operators and Excavators
green dotElement 2 – Fostering Support and Partnership of all Stakeholders
green dotElement 3 – Operator’s Use of Performance Measures for Locators
green dotElement 4 – Partnership in Employee Training
green dotElement 5 – Partnership in Public Education
green dotElement 6 – Enforcement Agencies’ Role to Help Resolve Issues
green dotElement 7 – Fair and Consistent Enforcement of the Law
green dotElement 8 – Use of Technology to Improve the Locating Process
green dotElement 9 – Data Analysis to Continually Improve Program Effectiveness
Symbol Legend:
filled green circle indicating implemented elementProgram element implemented
filled yellow circle indicating partially-implemented elementElement partially implemented/marginally effective program element needs improvement; no actions underway/planned for improvement
filled red circle indicating non implented elementProgram element is not implemented and needs to be addressed
white circle with cross indicating no information availableNo information available or not applicable

State Damage Prevention Law Summary

PHMSA has created a summary of damage prevention laws, relative to specific characteristics such as requirements applicable to excavators and utility operators. You may view or download the summary for all states.

State Damage Prevention Grants

PHMSA awards grants to fund improvements in state damage prevention programs. The purpose of the grants is to improve existing state damage prevention programs, and to establish comprehensive state damage prevention programs in states that do not currently have such programs. States are encouraged to implement the nine elements of effective damage prevention programs. Click here to see damage prevention grants awarded to Colorado.

More information is available regarding PHMSA’s grants programs.

Common Ground Alliance Regional Partner Program

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) mission of shared responsibility is facilitated through partnership with groups of local stakeholders called Regional CGAs. There are more than 70 CGA Regional Partners playing critical local roles in damage prevention in their respective geographic areas. As the local ambassadors of the CGA mission, Regional CGAs have been instrumental in creating state-wide summits and conferences, giving stakeholders who are unable to attend the national CGA annual meeting an opportunity to learn new damage prevention skills.