WIP’s Participating Entity, SWCD, Update

At their February 9th Board meeting the following grants were funded by the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD):

  • Animas River Community Forum (Mountain Studies Institute): Requested a $17,000 SWCD grant in support of the Animas River Community Forum, a community group formed in responses to the Gold King Mine release.
  • Bauer Lake Water Company: Requested a $13,500 grant in support of upgrades to the ditch from Jackson Lake to Bauer Lake #2.
  • Forest to Faucets (Mountain Studies Institute): Requested a $9,648 SWCD grant in support of the 2016 Forest to Faucets Teacher Training Workshop, a program designed to provide 15-20 teachers with 16 hours of in-depth education about watershed science and local water resources.
  • High Desert Conservation District: Requested a $14,500 grant in support of a multi-year project to provide individualized assistance to irrigators to increase on-farm agricultural water efficiencies and help to maximize the water holding capacity of soils in Montezuma County.
  • Mancos Conservation District: Requested a $20,000 SWCD grant in support of the development and promotion of a Montezuma School to Farm Drought Curriculum Manual for third to fifth grades to educate basin students in drought resilient conservation methods.
  • San Miguel Watershed Coalition: Requested a $14,138 grant in support of the San Miguel Stream Management Plan, a pilot project to develop environmental and recreational (E&R) water needs information in a manner that could provide a model for conducting cost-effective watershed-scale evaluations of E&R needs and implementing stream management planning efforts in other sub-basins of southwest Colorado.

More information on these grant requests, as well as additional information on the SWCD can be found on their website.