The City of Delta has received a $100,000 grant to fund a study of riverfront development. Funding is provided by the Rural Economic Development Initiative, which assists cities and counties that are, or could be, socially and/or economically impacted by the closure of a local large employer.
The city, working with Region 10 and DCED, previously used REDI funds to engage consultants Better City on several economic development studies. One feasibility study is looking at creating a gateway project for the city including development and improvements of the Gunnison River.
The $100,000 grant will be used to hire an engineering firm to create preliminary engineering plans along a two-mile stretch of the Gunnison River between the city's Cottonwood property and Confluence Park. The goal is to develop the river corridor as a recreational asset and attract private investment along the riverfront and adjacent acreage.
No cash match is expected, but the city will provide geographic information and mapping.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.