Lower Gunnison Project
Grant from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
Working to Improve Agricultural Water Use
December 26, 2016 – 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.
Why the Lower Gunnison Project?
By modernizing irrigation water conveyance and delivery systems, agricultural water users will minimize losses, stretch water supplies and increase efficiencies. When combined with enhanced reservoir operations, the Lower Gunnison Project will increase agricultural production, enhance streamflows and increase water quality by reducing salinity and selenium concentrations, thus improving river habitat and soil health.
Gunnison River Basin website for all things water resource-related in the Gunnison River Basin