Colorado Water Plan Grant Projects Map
The purpose of the Water Plan Grant funding is to advance the critical actions identified in the Colorado's Water Plan (CWP) and its Measurable Objectives -- measurable objectives should be lower case and there should be a period at the end.
Statewide Water Projects
Grant Amount: $79,400 | Project Cost: $120,000
Agriculture Watershed and Stream Management Planning Outreach and Technical Assistance
A series of engagment events for agricultural water users and non-ag water users about contempory agricultural water issues. This includes workshops, field trips, videos, publications, and media outreach.
Grant Amount: $99,000 | Project Cost: $199,000
Agriculture Watershed and Stream Management Planning Outreach and Technical Assistance
Survey agricultural producers to determine perceptions of stream and watershed management plans. This will help determine 25 outreach activites such as meetings, workshops, and presentations throughout the state.
Grant Amount: $99,371 | Project Cost: $199,371
A System and Process for Assessing Water Use of Land Use Decisions
Streamline assessment and communication of water use implications associated with land development plans through both modeling and analysis of metered water use data through utilities across the state
Grant Amount: $52,500 | Project Cost: $152,875
Best Practices for Water Meter Retrofit Projects Financed by State Performance Contracts in Colorado
Develop Best Practices for the retrofit of water meters performed through the State of Colorado’s Performance Contracting Program. Doing so will increase investor confidence and accelerate market penetration of smart water meters in Colorado
Grant Amount: $7,612 | Project Cost: $143,762
Breaching the Divide: West Slope-Front Range Partnerships to Integrate Water and Land Use Planning
Convene a diverse stakeholder group addressing impacts of diversions between communities in the basin of origin, and in the area receiving water. Emphasizes early consultations on local land use decisions that drive the need for water diversions.
Grant Amount: $398,000 | Project Cost: $896,122
Colorado Growing Water Smart
Resources will be broadly disseminated through presentations and workshops targeting planners, local jurisdictional leaders, and water providers. First round of participating communities included a mix of Front Range and West Slope communities and represented more than 6% (325,000+ residents) of Colorado’s population.
Grant Amount: $350,000 | Project Cost: $835,374
Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) Demonstration
Development of a mobile treatment unit demonstrating proven technologies associated with Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) via secondary treated wastewater
Grant Amount: $35,000 | Project Cost: $84,990
Guidance to Covered Entities for Land Use Planning Components of Water Efficiency Plans
Input from a broad based advisory group and stakeholder workshops will provide feedback from local government and land use authorities around integration of land use planning and water efficiency efforts.
Grant Amount: $79,690 | Project Cost: $159,690
Integrated Water & Land Use Planning in Colorado Communities: Direct Community Assistance
Support for Front Range communities toward implementing policies and programs that integrate water efficiency and land use planning. Includes messaging around reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts.
Grant Amount: $149,249 | Project Cost: $298,549
System and Process for Assessing Water Use of Land Use Decisions
Streamline assessment and communication of water use implications associated with land development plans through modeling, and analysis of metered water use data within utilities throughout Colorado.
Grant Amount: $19,090 | Project Cost: $43,060
Conservation-Oriented Tap Fees: Guide & Workshop
Development of a guide and workshop focusing on water-conservation tap fee's design methodologies allowing utility's to better integrate water conservation objectives into their tap fees.
Grant Amount: $65,500 | Project Cost: $100,000
Development of Colorado Guidelines for Direct Potable Reuse
This project will help Colorado communities optimize reusable water supplies, alleviating pressure on streams, the West Slope and/or agricultural sources.
Grant Amount: $35,000 | Project Cost: $45,000
Activating Colorado’s Water Plan with Student Driven Innovation
Develop a cross-campus contest helping university departments and students see themselves (and their area of study) reflected in Colorado’s Water Plan.
Agriculture Water Collaborative
This project will utilize multiple proven outreach methods to engage and inform ag water right holders and non-ag water interests about contemporary ag water issues, including the direct and indirect benefits of irrigated agriculture and how agriculture and other water interests can benefit from mutual collaboration. The project will dispel confusion around ag water leasing-related issues and raise the level and depth of understanding about ATMs among the irrigated ag and non-ag water communities
Grant Amount: $24,500 | Project Cost: $49,000
Clean River Design Challenge
Developing innovative solutions addressing trash in Denver’s urban waterways by pursuing implementation of a trash removal device.Local engineers and governmental departments will assist with prototypes with the goal of permanent installation
Grant Amount: $85,000 | Project Cost: $900,000
For the Love of Colorado public education initiative
Funding an effective, research-based education initiative that Coloradans will see via various earned media platforms.
Grant Amount: $10,000 | Project Cost: $12,500
Investigation of Barriers to Policy for Low Impact Development
Conducting an in-depth engagement of municipalities determining current Low Impact Development (LID) programs and identify barriers municipalities are facing in adopting LID policy
Grant Amount: $12,734 | Project Cost: $58,189
Outreach and Capacity Building for Ag Water Projects
Conduct extensive outreach through regional workshops focusing on irrigation inventories and funding irrigation improvements, stream management planning, water quality, master aquifer program, and small organization outreach
Grant Amount: $55,709 | Project Cost: $111,468
Statewide Water Education Action Plan Launch
Building a statewide Strategic Water Education Action Plan to fulfill Goal 2 of Colorado Water Plan (Creating a Data-Based Water Education Plan).
Grant Amount: $250,000 | Project Cost: $623,750
Tackling Wicked Problems in Water + Climate
6 step process to address "wicked" problems associated with water and climate change. The goal is to leverage expertise in the business sector to create market based approaches to tackle the wicked problems.
Grant Amount: $54,000 | Project Cost: $64,000
Support marketing, communications, and outreach for programs/events, as well as data collection measuring success/impact improving future offerings.
Grant Amount: $30,000 | Project Cost: $66,500
Water Legacy: Documenting Knowledge for Future Generations
Interview key Colorado water professionals (who have retired or are close to retirement) to learn about their lives and careers, capturing stories, insights, and information that may not be recorded or documented anywhere else
Grant Amount: $10,000 | Project Cost: $71,390
Young Farmers and Ranchers Water Leadership Program
Guiding a dozen young farmers and ranchers towards leadership positions on water related efforts by receiving a series of five virtual trainings, participating in multiple in-person gatherings, and benefiting from mentorship with an existing water leaders.
Grant Amount: $33,080 | Project Cost: $41,280
Training Young Farmers as Water Leaders through Colorado Water Law & Policy Bootcamps
Educating young farmers and ranchers on state water law and policy and empowering them to take on roles of water leadership
Understanding Water Acitvity Book
Distributing the 'Understanding Water Activity Book' for statewide distribution helping to educate the next generation toward understanding why and how we should protect and conserve this resource.
Grant Amount: $43,000 | Project Cost: $86,500
Educating for Understanding of Critical Resource Issues
This project will include developing 6 video that touch on key resource topics that are pertinent to all Coloradans. These include Forest Health, Riparian Corridors, Water Quality, Disappearing Rangeland, Water Use and the Gap and Watershed Importance.
Grant Amount: $31,250 | Project Cost: $70,000
Colorado Low Head Dam - Public Safety Initiative 2020
Build a website to share information on Colorado low head dams, plan and execute a series of Stakeholder Meetings statewide, a Stakeholder Survey will be developed, distributed across the state and the results analyzed to help the steering committee inform and prioritize future activities, develop standards for signage at low head dams and install signs at selected, prioritized low head dam sites,
Grant Amount: $21,275 | Project Cost: $65,740
Young Farmers and Ranchers Water Leadership Pilot Program
Fellows selected through an application process would receive a series of five virtual trainings, participate in multiple in-person gatherings, and benefit from mentorship with an existing water leader. Within six months of the completion of the fellowship, participants will be expected to lead a workshop training a cohort of their peers in water conservation techniques, as well as to seek a position on a water decision-making body
Grant Amount: $75,000 | Project Cost: $280,000
Colorado’s Private Lands Conservation Plan
This plan will unify the future vision of private lands conservation, while supporting and advising larger objectives of the Colorado Water Plan, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Regional Outdoor Partnership Initiatives, and Colorado’s 30x30 vision to conserve 30 percent of lands and water by 2030.
Grant Amount: $20,000 | Project Cost: $40,000
Advancing Water Smart Development
Publishing a report about water smart development that will provide guidance on implementing water saving practices in real estate development and land use
Grant Amount: $138,355 | Project Cost: $276,710
Advancing High Impact Water Efficiency Solutions in Colorado Communities
Accelerate and expand adoption of high impact water use efficiency projects at the local level and increase federal financial support for efficiency efforts in Colorado.
Grant Amount: $66,850 | Project Cost: $104,500
Modeling the Effects of Conservation Practices on Salinity Discharges from Irrigated Fields
Brink, Inc. provides compliance and conservation assistance to the agricultural industry. Within the conservation realm, we often partner with university, government and agricultural industry affiliates to address challenges and answer pressing questions that fill critical knowledge gaps which help agricultural producers improve competitiveness and avoid problems. Brink, Inc. provides a bridge by linking scientific theories with real world applications. We explore technologies and practices that clarify the extent of potential opportunities on-the-ground. Working cooperatively with other stakeholders across disciplines and professions, we achieve outcomes that maximize private and public investments and expand agricultural knowledge and opportunity. Brink, Inc. has served as a contractor to the USDA – NRCS, the Colorado State Land Board, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, the Uintah Tribal Government, and many private companies – large and small.
Grant Amount: $150,192 | Project Cost: $240,120
Update to the 2010 Guidebook for Best Practices for Municipal Water Conservation in Colorado
This project aims to update the 2010 Guidebook of Best Practices for Municipal Water Conservation in Colorado. CWP grant funding will be coupled with Colorado WaterWise and Colorado River Water Conservation District funding to achieve four project objectives: Refresh the guidebook to represent the current state of best practices, including new resources and case studies, as well as emerging practices and technologies; Use diverse and representative stakeholder engagement to garner subject matter expertise and hear directly from water utilities about their needs; Employ systems thinking to emphasize the connections between water conservation and other utility and government services, as well as broader energy and climate connections; Innovate on the guidebook delivery to include an interactive website and case studies that are updated on a more frequent basis.
Grant Amount: $139,235 | Project Cost: $279,235
Advancing High Impact Water Efficiency Solutions in Colorado Communities
WaterNow seeks to renew CWCB support for our two initiatives to (1) accelerate and expand adoption of high impact water use efficiency projects at the local level; and (2) increase federal financial support for efficiency efforts in Colorado. Both initiatives are supporting primarily small-to-mid sized under-resourced communities and will continue to focus on the integration of water and land use planning.
Grant Amount: $360,466 | Project Cost: $725,932
Colorado Growing Smart
Colorado Growing Water Smart (CGWS) builds the capacity of local jurisdictions to plan and implement strategies for the integration of land use and water. With our partners, Sonoran Institute provides research, convening, training, technical assistance, and other resources to communities that allow them to better respond to current and future water supply and demand, understand the range of land use planning tools to align growth and development with forecasted water supplies, and engage their community to build support for needed plans and policies.
Grant Amount: $146,809 | Project Cost: $405,849
Single Family Energy & Water Audits and Installs
Mile High Youth Corps’ Energy & Water (E&W) Conservation Program will employ young adults, ages 18-24, to provide water efficiency service visits to 450 low-income households over an 18-month period. Service visits will include a robust assessment of each household’s water and energy usage and the replacement of inefficient water fixtures with ultra-high-efficiency toilets, faucet aerators, and high efficiency showerheads. Leveraged funding from other E&W program partners will also allow for the installation of LED lighting and programmable thermostats to further reduce a household’s energy consumption. Outdated, inefficient materials within a home lead to higher water and energy consumption and financial drain for low-income households. Installing new, efficient devices immediately reduces consumption and monthly expenditures.
Grant Amount: $150,000 | Project Cost: $667,548
Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) Demonstration – Phase II
Colorado School of Mines (Mines) in partnership with Colorado Springs utilities and funded by CWCB, have designed, fabricated, and built a mobile laboratory to demonstrate proven and novel technologies to practice Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) using municipal wastewater, or other impaired waters. Phase 1 of that project was successful in educating over 1000 individuals from various backgrounds on that role DPR can play in future water supplies. Phase II goals include DPR education and research to further demonstrate carbon-based advanced treatment (CBAT) processes.
Grant Amount: $98,375 | Project Cost: $436,250
Ditch and Reservoir Outreach, Education & Advocacy Programming
The proposed water project covers four tasks. Communications, outreach, and partnership building will allow DARCA to reach members and nonmembers alike regarding policy at the state and national level, raise awareness about programs and partnerships such as the low head dam effort through DNR, build the website and social media platform to include a diverse stakeholder group and private members-only portions to communicate, building an ambassador program for collegiate aged individuals and beginning industry folks, as well as build greater connections for DARCA members to do their jobs well such as the fire and flood mapping which will allow a ditch and reservoir company to have a reference document to prepare for a fire or flood before, during, or after an event.
Grant Amount: $18,188 | Project Cost: $24,250
H2O Radio Website Redevelopment
H2O Radio is a nonprofit newsroom producing journalism in the public interest. The goal of the project is to redesign and redevelop H2O Radio’s website (H2ORadio.org) to: 1) make content more widely accessible; 2) expand distribution channels; 3) engage more people; 4) build organizational capacity; and 5) support our fundraising and revenue stream apparatus. The current H2O Radio website is hindering our ability to meet these goals in its current form.
Grant Amount: $87,000 | Project Cost: $186,390
Your Water, Your Life Contest
The “Your Water, Your Life” statewide higher education water contest, managed by the OWOW Center, will provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary engagement in water resources to initiate a new way of thinking about water. The objective will be to connect students with the Colorado Water Plan, the “Water ’22” campaign, and their local environment through the structure of a creative contest. Engaged students will deliver projects focused on the way water flows through their lives.
Grant Amount: $40,100 | Project Cost: $124,400
Enhanced public engagement and education campaign on Colorado Water, River Basins (Rio Grande Focus) and the Water Plan
This project will be a focused effort from TRCP and its network of partners to engage the Colorado public, with a specific focus on communities of color, to educate them about the current state of water in the state, nine basins (specific focus on Colorado River and Rio Grande River Basins) and empower them to get involved and provide feedback when the updated draft Colorado Water Plan is released. Educating and empowering Colorado’s Front Range residents to learn about and engage on water issues beyond their home basin is the primary intent of this proposal .
Grant Amount: $55,000 | Project Cost: $329,199
Advancing a Coordinated and Collaborative Approach to Water Education and Outreach via the Water Educator Network through 2025
This grant will support, coordinate and strengthen the Water Educator Network over a 3-year project period through regular communications, trainings and collaborations, and improved vehicles for sharing resources.
Grant Amount: $1,877,400 | Project Cost: $2,587,400
Phase I of the Colorado Aerial Snowpack Measurement Study
Building on a legacy of Airborne Snow Observatories (ASO) flights (funded by CWCB and other partners), the Colorado Airborne Snow Observatories (CASO) workgroup (a WSRF-sponsored project) has identified 2022 as crucial for expansion and study of snow remote sensing flights in Colorado to establish the foundation for a sustained statewide ASO program. The proposed work will include snow remote sensing flights using the ASO methodology, workshops to study optimal data utilization amongst all stakeholder groups, conducting ASO-informed streamflow forecasting, comparing forecasting methods, and furthering the CASO program facilitation effort. Several flights are proposed in winter/spring providing decision-support data, and several are proposed for summer to establish baseline data supporting snow surveys in 2022-2023 and beyond. Data products from this project will be freely available to all stakeholders.
Grant Amount: $664,987 | Project Cost: $2,471,288
Climate Resilient Agricultural Futures and Transformations (CRAFT)
This project advances a systems approach to help Colorado farmland conservation organizations and their partners in agriculture protect agricultural water supplies while supporting multi-benefit projects that address supply shortages and climate change. It uses scenario planning frameworks and decision-support technologies to initiate field-level actions that generate adaptive and restorative watershed-scale impacts. The frameworks and technologies enable organizations to identify, prioritize, and launch projects that improve agricultural-economic outputs, enhance ecosystem function, and optimize water use while addressing supply gaps within the agricultural sector.
Grant Amount: $190,575 | Project Cost: $340,575
Agricultural Drought Resilience & Innovative Water Conservation
To tackle the urgency of the challenge, we need to significantly advance the scale and pace of agricultural drought resilience and strategic water conservation work. Adaptation strategies must be tailored to local conditions, needs, and opportunities. Agricultural producers and irrigation water providers are best suited to lead these efforts, given the local knowledge and level of trust required for success. This project will provide technical and financial resources directly to agricultural communities to develop and implement strategies to respond to a long-term decline in water supply reliability.
Grant Amount: $209,745 | Project Cost: $334,635
Diversifying Colorado’s Water Portfolio: The Potential for Stormwater Capture and Use to Contribute to a Water Resilient Future
Urban stormwater capture and use (SCU) in Colorado is an opportunity to develop and scale untapped water supplies, for the purpose of diversifying its water portfolio. It is a key strategy to help communities adapt to more variable precipitation patterns, as is expected to occur with climate change. This innovative project will provide a volumetric and economic assessment of the potential of urban SCU in Colorado, as defined within existing water law.