The Colorado Water Conservation Board supports watershed planning as well as projects designed to restore and protect watersheds.
The CWCB partners with numerous organizations to plan and undertake multi-objective projects designed to reduce flood hazards, stabilize and restore stream channels, provide habitat, reduce erosion and increase the capacity to utilize water. Inter- and intra-agency coordination, communication and prioritization are essential components of the CWCB’s efforts.
Specifically, the CWCB supports watershed protection and restoration efforts through the administration of:
Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund
The Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund provides grant money to mitigate the impacts of existing water supply facilities and help preserve a balance between development of the state’s resources and the protection of the state’s fish and wildlife resources.
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program is to help “…landowners, operators, and individuals implement emergency recovery measures to relieve imminent hazards to life or property created by a natural disaster that causes a sudden impairment of a watershed." Visit the Colorado EWP website for more information on how the CWCB adapted the EWP program to address widespread watershed damage and recovery. Many of the resources on this website can be applied to other watershed health and stream restoration efforts.
Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund
The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund grants money to on-the-ground projects that contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, and improved recreation throughout our State and is administered through Colorado Water Conservation Board in association with the Water Quality Control Division and the Colorado Watershed Assembly. Visit the CO Healthy Rivers Fund website for more information.