CWCB awards grants for tamarisk removal

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From the Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The largest grant, $150,000, went to the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District’s Arkansas River Invasive Plants Plan, to provide demonstration projects on 985 acres of river area in Pueblo, Otero, Bent and Prowers counties. The grant request was for $200,000, which would go toward the estimated $500,000 cost of the program. “The four projects included in this proposal were prioritized due to a high potential of flooding, to provide good demonstration sites for control, restoration and maintenance methods and to show collaboration between the states of Kansas and Colorado in order to increase future federal funding,” wrote Jean Van Pelt, Southeastern’s conservation coordinator, in the application. The project areas include Fountain Creek through Pueblo; the Arkansas River through La Junta and Las Animas, where tamarisks have clogged the channel and increased the risk for flooding; and a large area to be sprayed by air between Holly and the Kansas state line, in cooperation with Kansas.

Another grant for $100,000 was approved for the Branson-Trinchera Conservation District to treat areas near Trinidad. The district had requested $200,000 as part of a $400,000 project to control tamarisk on mostly private land in the Purgatoire River watershed. The project would aim at removing tamarisk from lightly infested areas.

The final award was $75,000 for the Sangre de Cristo Resource Conservation and Development Council for areas within Fremont and Chaffee County. The group requested $131,000 toward a $375,000 project. The project calls for demonstration projects on 400 acres.

CWCB staffer Steve Miller will work with applicants to determine if the partial funding would allow the projects to move forward and report back to the board at its July meeting.

More Coyote Gulch coverage here and here.

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