Contribute to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on Your Taxes

It’s already tax season, and while you may not enjoy sending in your income taxes, you can feel good about where some of your money or tax refund is going by participating in the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Tax Check-Off Program. Since the establishment of the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund in 2003, over 125,000 citizens have donated more than $1,004,000 from their tax returns. Funds collected by the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund assist locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect Colorado land and water resources--72 projects have been funded so far
 
Formerly the Colorado Watershed Protection Fund, the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund is financed by the Colorado tax check-off program, which provides tax payers the opportunity to contribute a portion of their tax return or to make a donation to assist locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect our land and water resources. Donations to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund can be made on line 42 of the 2014 Colorado Individual income tax return (form 104), and if you don't fill out your own tax forms, ask your tax consultant to include your donation.
 
Local watershed and conservation groups are invited to submit grant applications each year. Applications must include a collaborative approach to the restoration and protection of lands and natural resources within Colorado’s watersheds in concert with economic development. Applications are due by April 30th of each year. Grant decisions are made by two members of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and two members of the Colorado Water Quality Commission in consultation with the Colorado Watershed Assembly. Information on the Fund and grant process can be found at: http://www.coloradowater.org/CHRF
 
"Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund grant projects contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, and improved recreation throughout the State," said Chris Sturm, Stream Restoration Coordinator with the Colorado Water Conservation Board. "When you check the box for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on your state income tax return, you’re contribution will help protect one of our most fragile and important resources: our water."
 
The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund has contributed to the restoration of stream channels in the South Platte, Arkansas, Colorado, Gunnison, Rio Grande, Yampa, and San Juan River Basins. The Fund has been used six times to fund projects in the southwestern Basin; these projects included Water Quality Data Synthesis on the Pinos River, Kansas City Mine Reclamation in the Upper Animas, Water Quality/Quantity Monitoring on the Pinos River, Watershed Planning on the Dolores through the Dolores River Dialogue, Watershed Planning on the Animas, and Watershed Planning on the Mancos. Projects funded by the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund are matched with an average of $6 for every $1 donated.