Funding Available for Irrigation Improvements
Funding available for agricultural producers to implement irrigation efficiency projects in the Lower Gunnison Basin.
December 22, 2016, Glenwood Springs, CO – The Colorado River District has announced that it is making $1.8 million available to qualifying agricultural producers for planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects that address identified resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Landowners within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork, and Uncompahgre project areas will be considered for grant funding.
Applications from eligible producers will be accepted, evaluated and ranked in two distinct batches according to the following closing dates or until all funding is expended: February 17th (Batch 1), and March 17th (Batch 2).
“This is a unique funding opportunity that will enable our agricultural constituents to become more productive and competitive while furthering important water resource stewardship goals,” explained Dave Kanzer, Deputy Chief Engineer of the River District.
Through this funding opportunity, producers will receive full or partial financial assistance to plan, design and install advanced irrigation systems that address natural resource concerns including improvements to:
1. water availability (i.e., water use efficiency);
2. water quality (e.g., salinity and selenium);
3. soil health; and,
4. fish and wildlife habitat.
This new funding opportunity uses a streamlined application, contract process and increased cost-share ratio.
For more information or to obtain an application please visit or call:
• Shavano Conservation District (102 Par Place, Suite 4, Montrose, CO 81401 / 970.249.8407, ext. 115)
• Delta Conservation District (690 Industrial Blvd, Delta, CO 81416 / 970. 399.8194)
• Colorado River District, 970.945.8522, ext. 224
This funding opportunity complies with the rules and regulation of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and is open to all eligible agricultural producers without discrimination or bias.