WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their May 9th Board meeting the following grants were funded by the SWCD:

Dolores Water Conservancy District ($12,000): In support of an initiative of water boards (Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company and DWCD) and counties who desire a legal review by David Robbins of Hill and Robbins, P.C. of the draft proposed National Conservation Area (NCA) legislation as an alternative to current Wild and Scenic Suitability on the Lower Dolores River from McPhee Dam to Bedrock.
Durango Arts Center ($425): To support the Durango Arts Center’s “The Natural World: A Fragile Harmony” Exhibit, which will include an opening reception, lecture by Michael Soule, the Great Divide film screening, and artwork exhibition. The exhibit purports to engage the public on the issues of conservation, protection, preservation, and stewardship of species and lands.
Morrison Consolidated Ditch Company ($10,940): In support of replacement of an old Parshall flume in disrepair with a new structure that will accommodate a stage discharge recorder, which will improve measurements of the water being delivered for more efficient use. The project will benefit 160 shareholders.
San Miguel Watershed Coalition ($5,000): To support 2015-2016 Watershed Education and Outreach. Using the recently completed 2014 State of the San Miguel Watershed Report, the Coalition will expand work in the areas of adult community education (not to overlap with the Watershed Education Program) by 1) developing an informational pamphlet for property owners, 2) holding watershed town talks and presentations, 3) hosting an annual watershed forum, and 4) organizing and annual river cleanup.
Southwest Conservation Corps ($25,000): To support the final phase of the Dolores River Restoration Project 2015-2016, which includes the following activities: 1) removal and treatment of non-native, invasive plants on public land, 2) planting of native grasses and shrub species on public land, 3) monitor vegetation on multiple project sites to prevent infestation of weeds and inform 2016 management actions. Six young adults will be engaged to complete the above tasks as Conservation Corps interns, gaining experience in conservation management.
Watershed Education Program ($5,000): To support the Watershed Education Program put on by the Telluride Institute, which provides full-day, multi-day, and overnight field trip curriculum planning and implementation to Telluride, Norwood, West End, and Paradox Valley Charter schools. The Watershed Education Program uses the San Miguel Watershed as a non-arbitrary, place-based teaching tool for physical, ecological, hydrological, cultural, historical, and economic relationships.