WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their June 10th Board meeting the following grants were funded by the SWCD: 

  • Thompson-Epperson Ditch Company ($67,500): To support the emergency repair of the ditch, which broke loose in a landslide in April. Initial repairs were made. In May it was discovered that water continued to leak in an area south of the repair, which required an additional 300 feet of piping and increased costs.
  • Animas Watershed Partnership ($16,923): To support a study on the upstream expansion of microbial source tracking and nutrients. The purpose of the study is to collect and analyze water quality data that will improve the information available regarding levels and sources of E. Coli and nutrients in the Animas River.
    Colorado Cooperative Company ($17,750): To fund the replacement of deteriorating inverted syphon pipe crossing Tuttle Draw, north of the Town of Nucla. The syphon pipe, originally installed in the 1960s, transports approximately 22 cfs to what is known as Second Park.
  • Florida Water Conservancy District ($5,000): To support engineering, legal, and research costs associated with protesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed critical habitat designation for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse along an eight-mile stretch of the Florida River. Ditch rehabilitation projects currently underway could be severely impacted by the designation of the critical habitat area.
    Norwood Water Commission ($10,868.15): To fund the replacement of 600 feet of existing Norwood Infiltration Pipeline with six-inch PVC pipe and the installation of a control vault with measuring devices and gate valves. The Pipeline supplies water to the Water Treatment Plant, and was originally installed in the 1960s. During a recent excavation, it was discovered that the pipeline has been damaged and /or crushed, and is full of silt in many places. The rehabilitation of the Pipeline will allow the Commission to utilize its current water rights in a more efficient manner.