From KVNF (Laura Palmisano):
House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program.
Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday…
Republican Representative Don Coram of Montrose sponsored the bill.
He called the invasive plants ‘water thieves’ that menace riparian areas.
“I truly believe the eradication of phreatophytes is the first tool in the Colorado Water Plan,” Coram said at the signing ceremony.
Coram said these plants are a problem in his district and across the state.
“If you travel the Colorado River [and] the Dolores River for example, it’s a thicket in many areas that you can’t even walk through, but it’s also a water quality issue because the tree sucks up the water and it drops salt so nothing else really [can] grow,” he said.
The water conservation board will oversee the program and distribute grants for projects. The program is set to end in 2018.
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