The Colorado River District has announced that it is making $1.8 million available to qualifying agricultural producers for planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects that address identified resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Landowners within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork and Uncompahgre project areas will be considered for grant funding.
Applications from eligible producers will be accepted, evaluated and ranked in two distinct batches according to the following closing dates or until all funding is expended: the deadline for the second batch is March 17.
"This is a unique funding opportunity that will enable our agricultural constituents to become more productive and competitive while furthering important water resource stewardship goals," explained Dave Kanzer, Deputy Chief Engineer of the River District.
Through this funding opportunity, producers will receive full or partial financial assistance to plan, design and install advanced irrigation systems that address natural resource concerns including improvements to: 1) water availability (i.e., water use efficiency), 2) water quality (e.g. salinity and selenium), 3) soil health, and 4) fish and wildlife habitat. This new funding opportunity uses a streamlined application, contract process and increased cost-share ratio.
Interested landowners can obtain an application or more information by visiting the Shavano Conservation District (102 Par Place, Suite #4, Montrose, CO 81401 / Phone (970) 249-8407 Ext. 115), Delta Conservation District (690 Industrial Blvd., Delta, CO 81416 / Phone (970)399-8194) or by going to the funding website at: http://gunnisonriverbasin.org/projects/lower-gunnison-project/ or by contacting the Colorado River District at (970) 945-8522.
This funding opportunity complies with the rules of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and is open to all eligible agricultural producers without discrimination or bias.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.