WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

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

Colorado Water Officials Association ($3,000): In support of the two-day Colorado Water Officials Association conference in Durango from September 30 to October 2. The Association provides an organization through which Colorado Division of Water Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board personnel can educate the State’s citizens as the importance of water rights administration and management. This year’s Durango conference will be an opportunity to educate members and the public about resources in southwestern Colorado and our impact on statewide and regional water issues.

Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD; $12,000): To support 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 legislation as an alternative to current Wild and Scenic Suitability on the Lower Dolores River from McPhee Dam to Bedrock. 

Durango Arts Center ($425): In support of “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 ($10,490): To support 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):  In support of a 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) monitoring of 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. 

Telluride Pines Homeowner’s Association (approved the extension request for the $36,800 grant approved on February 13, 2013): Since then, $25,000 has been disbursed and the remaining $11,800 was requested. The funding application was originally for design of an infiltration gallery and pump station and evaluation of the existing treatment facility and infrastructure for the HOA’s water system.

Watershed Education Program ($5,000): To support the Telluride Institute’s Watershed Education Program, 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. Funding partners include the Telluride and JFK Foundations.

Water Bank Phase IIC (request for an additional $8,000, if needed, in addition to the $15,000 previously SWCD approved): To support the reimbursement to farmers who participate in Phase IIC of the Water Bank effort. The Water Bank Working Group has submitted an application to the UCRC for funding as part of the System Conservation Program, so the additional funds requested from SWCD may not be needed.