CWCB Approves 50+ Grants to Advance Colorado Water Plan at March Meeting

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During its March meeting, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) - a group of 15 governor-appointed representatives from each major Colorado river basin with expertise in water policy and planning - approved 52 grants through the Water Plan Grant Program.

"The Colorado Water Conservation Board is pleased to approve more than 50 projects this month to help advance the Colorado Water Plan, many of which are a direct result from recent stimulus funding approved by Governor Polis," said CWCB Chair Jackie Brown. "We also look forward to utilizing funding from sports betting as enacted by Proposition DD in the near future to make an even bigger impact. And as we prepare to release the next Water Plan, securing future funding will become increasingly important for our water future."

This grant program provides critical funding for multi-beneficial water projects in all eight river basins that advance actions outlined within the Colorado Water Plan

Below is a list of Water Plan Grant applications approved this month:

Agriculture Grants (see details):



Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Howell Ditch Diversion Reconstruction and Boulder Creek Restoration Project

Brink, Inc.

Modeling the Effects of Conservation Practices on Salinity Discharges from Irrigated Fields

Dave Miller Mutual Ditch Company

Dave Miller Ditch Piping Project

Fort Collins Conservation District

Cache La Poudre Nutrient Trading Pilot Project

Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust

San Luis Creek Conservation Partnership

San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District

Rio Grande Basin Snow Measurement Enhancement

The Nature Conservancy

Maybell Diversion Construction on the Yampa River

Trout Unlimited

Gunnison River Drought Resiliency & Restoration Project


Conservation & Land Use Grants:



Arapahoe County

Admin I Turf Conversion & Conservation Planning for Additional Existing Sites

Colorado WaterWise

Update to the 2010 Guidebook for Best Practices for Municipal Water Conservation in Colorado

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment

Graywater Education & Outreach Program

Dominion Water & Sanitation District

Sterling Ranch Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Project Infrastructure

Fort Collins/Loveland Water District

Fort Collins-Loveland Water District Water Efficiency Plan Update 2022

Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE)

4CORE Laundry to Landscape

Fraser, CO

Water Efficiency Plan

High Country Conservation Center

Advancing Irrigation Efficiency Across Summit County

Mile High Flood District

Denver One Water Plan Implementation


Advancing High Impact Water Efficiency Solutions in Colorado Communities

Sonoran Institute

Colorado Growing Smart

Year One, Inc. dba Mile High Youth Corps

Single Family Energy & Water Audits and Installs

Engagement & Innovation Grants (see details):



Arkansas River Basin Water Forum

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum 2022 Education & Outreach Event

Colorado School of Mines

Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) Demonstration – Phase II

Colorado State University

Expanding Residential Rain Garden Installations in Front Range Communities

Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance

Ditch and Reservoir Outreach, Education & Advocacy Programming

Friends of Youth & Nature

Watershed Education for Youth in Delta, Montrose, and Mesa Counties

H2O Media, Ltd. dba H2O Radio

H2O Radio Website Redevelopment

Lincoln Hills Cares

Replicable Youth-Driven Innovation Engine to Help Make the South Platte River Swimmable and Fishable

Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative

Water Education and Outreach

One World One Water Center/MSU Denver

Your Water, Your Life Contest

The Park People

WATERED: Water Advocacy via Trees and Engagement to Relieve Efforts of Drought

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Enhanced public engagement and education campaign on Colorado Water, River Basins (Rio Grande Focus) and the Water Plan

Town of Mountain Village

Community Engagement & Education: Smart Irrigation Controls and Irrigation System Assessments

Water Education Colorado

Advancing a Coordinated and Collaborative Approach to Water Education and Outreach via the Water Educator Network through 2025

Environment & Recreation Grants (see details):



Blue River Watershed Group

Blue River Integrated Water Management Plan

Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation

Rio Grande Canal Boater Safety & Accessibility Project

Eagle/Vail Metro District

Stone Creek Restoration - Phase II

High Country Conservation Advocates

Gunnison Basin Wet Meadows Project

Middle Colorado Watershed Council

Middle Colorado Integrated Water Management Plan – Implementation Phase II

National Forest Foundation

Trail Creek Wetland Restoration Project - Phase II

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Crystal River at Riverfront Park Restoration and Efficiency Project

Southwest Conservation Corps

Animas River Removal & Replacement of Invasive Phreatophytes Phase II

Town of Meeker

Meeker River Park

Town of Pagosa Springs

Recreational and Ecological Enhancement of the San Juan River -Yamaguchi South

Trout Unlimited

Lower South Boulder Creek - Watershed Restoration Phase II

Trout Unlimited

Stewart Ditch Diversion Improvement Project

Trout Unlimited

Upper Gunnison Stream Restoration Package

Water Storage & Supply Grants (see details):



Fort Lyon Canal Company

Fort Lyon Water Sharing Project

Northern Water

Phase I of the Colorado Aerial Snowpack Measurement Study

Palmer Land Conservancy

Climate Resilient Agricultural Futures and Transformations (CRAFT)

Town of Buena Vista

Infiltration Gallery Expansion Project

Town of Silverton

Kendall Mountain Alluvial Aquifer Test Drilling Program

West End Economic Development Corporation

Wright’s Mesa Water Supply Planning & Prioritization Project


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