Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced last week that the Western Slope Conservation Center in Paonia has won a $100,000 competitive grant from the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation. The grant, which comes from the WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) Cooperative Watershed Management Program, will be used to improve stream stability in the Smith Fork and Surface Creek drainages and address water quality issues in the North Fork of the Gunnison River.
Bennet wrote a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation in support of the Conservation Center's grant application.
"Colorado's rivers and streams are a lifeline that bring drinking water to our homes and support our state's economy," Bennet said. "The Gunnison River is a valuable water source for Colorado and the region. This grant will help the North Fork community more effectively manage this water supply for the families and the businesses that rely on it."
Sarah Sauter, executive director of the Western Slope Conservation Center, said, "The Conservation Center is thrilled to receive funding through the bureau's Cooperative Watershed Management Program and appreciates Senator Bennet's support for our program. The grant will enable the Conservation Center to expand the geographic scope of our watershed planning to include water interests in the Smith Fork and Surface Creek drainages. We look forward to building community trust and partnerships necessary to effectively implement projects that enhance the environmental integrity of the watershed."blog comments powered by Disqus