Two Years In: Water plan funding for ag viability and storage

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By Larry Morandi

As Colorado’s Water Plan enters its third year of implementation, a new grant program run by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is encouraging innovative projects to help meet the water plan’s measurable objectives. Here are two examples that illustrate the diversity of approaches the plan supports.

5281997766_02bc41380b_z Barker Meadow Reservoir, an existing storage pool. Credit: J. Stephen Conn/CC via Flickr

The water plan’s storage objective aims to add 400,000 acre-feet of water by 2050, and large projects whose planning began before the plan’s adoption in 2015 account for over half that volume. The water plan’s grant program allocates $3 million in 2018 to help jump-start smaller storage projects, including one that CWCB approved in January as part of a $700,000 grant to the City of Brighton for Erger’s Pond Augmentation Station adjacent to the South Platte River. The total project cost is $5.4 million, with the balance…

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