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The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding to assist projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. Applications are due Jan. 29. The total amount available for the 2016 competitive grant program is $150,000.

Projects eligible for the grant program must achieve one or more of the following objectives:

• develop a new water supply

• improve an existing system

• improve in-stream water quality

• increase water use efficiency

• reduce sediment loading

• implement a watershed management action

• control invasive riparian vegetation

• protect pre-Colorado River Compact water rights (typically includes those in use before 1929).

Previous successful grant-funded projects include financial assistance with the construction of new water storage, enlargement of existing water storage or diversion facilities, rehabilitation of water storage/delivery/diversion structures, implementation of water efficiency improvements, water quality projects and watershed enhancements.

By policy, successful grantees can receive up to a maximum of $150,000 (or approximately 25 percent of the total project cost; in the case of smaller projects, this percentage may be slightly higher) for their project. Qualifying projects must have either been completed within the last 12 months or are on track to be constructed within the next 18 months.

To access the Water Resources Grant Program application, instructions, guidelines, ranking criteria, policies and other details visit www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org.

More information can be obtained by contacting Dave Kanzer or Alesha Frederick at 970-945-8522 or by email to grantinfo@crwcd.org.

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