Community Funding Partnership Enters Second Year Supporting Local ProjectsCommunity Funding Partnership Enters Second Year Supporting Local Projects — The #ColoradoRiver District #COriver #aridfication – Coyote Gulch

The passage of Ballot Measure 7A continues to pay dividends to communities in the fifteen counties of the Colorado River District through the Community Funding Partnership (CFP). The Community Funding Partnership Program closed its inaugural year with nearly $3 million distributed to 23 multi-benefit water projects, six of which were fully completed within one year of funding.

“We continue to be humbled by the creativity and resilience of our West Slope water users as they turn their ideas into action and confront the realities of a warmer, drier future,” said Amy Moyer. , Director of Strategic Partnerships at the River District.

Community Funding Partnership grants have also helped grantees leverage more than $40 million from other funding sources. With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in late 2021, even more federal funding will be available for projects that prioritize infrastructure improvements and quality of service. water. Given these new opportunities and increased awareness of the community fundraising partnership throughout the district, staff anticipate an increase in requests and requests in 2022.

“I’m glad to see awareness of this program growing throughout our district,” Moyer said. “We look forward to working with new partners on projects of all sizes in the coming year.”

At the recent special joint board meeting on Feb. 9, Moyer presented four new projects to the board for funding approval. Approved projects total over $1 million in new grants to kick off the second year of the CFP program. A fifth project, which did not require board intervention, was approved shortly thereafter.

Below is a summary of the most recent project awards. A full list of Community Funding Partnership Projects is available on the River District website at:

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Minturn Storage Tank Project, City of Minturn
$250,000 awarded, Eagle County

At 25 years old, the existing water reservoir in the town of Minturn is deteriorating and experiencing active water leaks. This project aims to upgrade the water infrastructure of the town of Minturn to cope with existing water loss rates, the increased risk of wildfires in the area and preparations to meet community development demands.

Fruit Growers Reservoir

Fruit Growers Dam Outlet Gate Improvement Project, Orchard City Irrigation District
$225,000 awarded, Delta County

The Orchard City Irrigation District (OCID) partnered with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, owner of the Fruitgrowers reservoir, to plan improvements to the reservoir’s control valves. The project upgrades an irrigation dam and reservoir that has been in continuous use since 1937, while enabling more accurate monitoring of water flow and discharge.

A gauging station in the Yampa River near Maybell has documented 1.5 million acre-feet a century ago to 1.1 million acre-feet now, with a recent year showing just 500,000 acre-feet . Photo/Allen Best

Maybell Diversion and Gateway Upgrade Project, The Nature Conservancy
$500,000 awarded, Moffat County

This proposed project includes the reconstruction of the historic Maybell diversion and the upgrade of the head gate in the lower Yampa River. The project will improve drought resilience and habitat connectivity within at least 20 miles of the Yampa River, while supporting the recovery of endangered fish and meeting the long-term irrigation needs of water users. ‘water.

Pipe laying near Crawford, Colorado. Photo credit: USBR

Smart Water Growth Projects on the West Slope, The Sonoran Institute
$102,000 awarded, district-wide

This project will deliver a Growing Water Smart training and assistance program for five to seven West Slope communities in the fall of 2023. The program aims to catalyze the implementation of water conservation measures and the wise use of our water resources through land use planning. The project focuses on strengthening local land use policies that influence water demand and supporting communities in managing their water resources in the future.

The Schatz Ditch irrigates nearly 70 acres of land south of Silt, according to a ditch inventory conducted by Colorado River Engineering. The ditch is one of 59 recorded ditches in the central Colorado region of western Colorado.

Silt Preserve Water Rights and Pond Delivery, Middle Colorado Watershed Council
$8,250 awarded, Garfield County

In 2008, the Aspen Valley Land Trust worked with the Town of Silt and other community partners to purchase and permanently preserve the 132-acre River Silt Preserve. Once heavily grazed and later incorporated into a 2,000 unit development project, this land has the potential for restoration to become a riverside nature park that incorporates innovative agricultural projects. The funds will support restoration opportunities to re-establish high quality riparian and transitional upland areas.

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