Water with Your Lunch: How to Make it Rain

Thank you for participating in this Water With Your Lunch. A recording of the webinar is available here. Please see below for resource links and PowerPoint slides.

During this installment of the Colorado River District’s popular Water With Your Lunch series, West Slope water users will learn about ways to successfully navigate the federal funding opportunities provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. A cross-discipline team of River District staff members will present information about specific funding categories for water projects, how to put together a successful federal grant application, and how to leverage other grant opportunities to maximize funding and project impacts.

Along with a look at the various federal funding pools for water projects, River District staff will present details on the recently established Community Funding Partnership “Accelerator Grant.” This special funding opportunity is designed to support the grant-writing, feasibility, design, preliminary environmental review, benefit analysis, and engineering needed to complete federal funding applications. The deadline for this grant cycle is August 1.

Powerpoint Presentations

Colorado River District Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Opportunities

Nate Pearson, DNR –  Federal Funding Stakeholder Resources

Resource Links

BIL Overview  

BIL Fast Facts 

Funding Advice 

CFP – Accelerator Grants 

CFP Program 

USBR Water Conservation Field Services Program 



USBR Aging infrastructure  

  • Major Rehabilitation and Replacement  Database: https://www.usbr.gov/infrastructure/mrr/index.html  
  • Contact: Western Colorado Area Office – Grand Junction, Reece Carpenter, rkcarpenter@usbr.gov 


  • Watershed and Flood Prevention Program: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/co/programs/planning/wpfp/?cid=nrcseprd1180608 
  • Contact: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/co/contact/state/ 


 Aquatic Connectivity 


Panelists for How to Make it Rain:

Amy Moyer – Director of Strategic Partnerships, Colorado River District

Raquel Flinker – Senior Water Resources Specialist, Colorado River District

Zane Kessler – Director of Government Relations, Colorado River District

Nate Pearson – Recovery Officer, CO Department of Natural Resources


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