River District Board Approves Over $1.6 Million in Water Project Grants 

Eight diverse West Slope water projects received funding through the Community Funding Partnership during the second quarterly joint board meeting.

Friday, April 19, 2024

CONTACT:  Lindsay DeFrates – 970.456.8973

Glenwood Springs, Colorado On Wednesday, April 17, the Colorado River District Board of Directors approved over $1.6 million in funding for eight water projects across the Western Slope. Including these approvals, the Community Funding Partnership (CFP) program will close out the first quarter of 2024 with 14 successful grant requests totaling over $2 million.  

“This quarter, we presented a slate of projects which represent the diverse needs of water users across our district,” said Amy Moyer, Director of Strategic Partnerships. “All sectors across the West Slope are looking at strategies to adapt in a hotter, drier climate. These projects are examples of the innovation, ingenuity, and perseverance required to respond to these growing pressures.” 

The grants approved by the board on Wednesday will provide funding for a wide array of projects including: municipal-level support to develop land-use policies that integrate resilient water resource management; ongoing research on the occurrence of algae in Blue Mesa Reservoir; habitat restoration along the Blue River; emergency funding to repair an irrigation ditch serving producers on the Crystal River; permitting and analysis of storage on the White River; four agriculture projects in the Upper Gunnison River Basin; diversion structure upgrades on the Little Snake River; and strategic water releases from Elkhead and Stagecoach Reservoirs to help maintain streamflow in the Yampa River. 

The Community Funding Partnership program, now in its fourth year, is governed by policies which require successful applicants to demonstrate how their project serves multiple beneficiaries across a region or watershed. Multi-benefit categories include productive agriculture, infrastructure, healthy rivers, watershed health, and conservation and efficiency. More information can be found at www.coloradoriverdistrict.org/community-funding-partnership/. 

The eight projects approved by the board on April 17th are listed below. Detailed project descriptions and staff recommendations are available in the public meeting packet HERE. 

West Slope Growing Water Smart 
Applicant: The Sonoran Institute 
Total Approved: $98,426 

Blue River Habitat Restoration Project 
Applicant: Blue River Watershed Group 
Total Approved: $150,000
Summit County 

East Mesa Ditch Emergency Repairs 
Applicant: East Mesa Water Company 
Total Approved: $207,500 
Pitkin and Garfield Counties 

Little Snake River Diversion Structure Rehabilitation Project 
Applicant: Pothook Water Conservancy District 
Total Approved: $250,000 
Moffat and Routt Counties 

Wolf Creek Reservoir Project 
Applicant: Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District 
Total Approved: $550,000 
Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties 

Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District Agriculture Bundled Project 
Applicant: Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District 
Total Approved: $114,400 
Gunnison and Saguache Counties 

Blue Mesa Harmful Algal Bloom Study – Phase II 
Applicant: Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
Total Approved: $35,004 
Gunnison County 

Yampa River Reservoir Release Program
Applicant: Colorado Water Trust
Total Approved: $218,585.57
Routt and Moffat Counties 


Press Release as PDF