Grant Funds Available to Support Projects in South Platte River Basin
LOVELAND, Colo. – The South Platte Basin Roundtable announces its fall Water Supply Reserve Account grant cycle, a grant program that focuses on water supply in the South Platte River Basin.
A public meeting to review the grant application and answer applicants’ questions will be held Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Southwest Weld County Service Center, 4209 Weld County Road 24 ½ in Longmont, Colo. All interested applicants are encouraged to attend, but attendance is not mandatory to apply.
The South Platte Basin Roundtable is comprised of representatives from municipal and county governments including Larimer County, agricultural producers, non-profit organizations, industry representatives, recreational interests and water providers. The roundtable administers the South Platte Basin WSRA funds, and $377,959 is available in the fall 2015 grant cycle.
Eligible projects must be located within the South Platte Basin Roundtable boundaries, which includes portions of the following Colorado counties: Larimer, Weld, Logan, Sedgwick, Boulder, Morgan, Washington, Gilpin, Adams, Jefferson, Clear Creek, Arapahoe, Park, Douglas, Teller, Elbert, El Paso and Lincoln.
Desirable grant applications should promote one or more of the following South Platte Basin Roundtable priorities:
•utilize agricultural transfer methods that avoid permanent agricultural dry-up
•eliminate agricultural supply shortages for both surface and groundwater users
•identify opportunities to optimize existing and future water supply infrastructure
•implement endangered species programs, protect wildlife and improve river health
•develop new water storage facilities
•ensure adequate water for municipal, industrial, agricultural, environmental and recreation needs
Applications that meet more than one of these priorities are desired.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2015. The WSRA application is located on the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s website, http://cwcb.state.co.us.
The South Platte River Basin is a huge geographic region, covering more than 27,000 square miles of northern and eastern Colorado, including large cities like Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley and small towns like Sterling and Wray. The South Platte Basin Roundtable is one of nine roundtables in Colorado, designed to facilitate discussions on water management issues and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions.
For more information on the grant, meeting or South Platte Basin Roundtable, contact Jeffrey Boring, Needs Committee Chairman, at 970-619-4569.