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USDA Partners to Fund Forest to Faucets Conservation Projects

Petra Popiel

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May 14, 2018, DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado partnered with the City and County of Denver Board of Water Commissioners, Colorado State Forest Service and the US Forest Service to help fund projects aimed at improving forest health as well as reducing soil erosion. $400,000 has been allocated to fund projects within portions of Boulder, Gilpin, Jefferson, Douglas, and Park counties (CLICK HERE TO SEE MAP). 

"The health of Colorado’s forests and watersheds affects municipal water supplies for the City and County of Denver and surrounding communities” said Becky Ross, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs. “Restoration activities can help minimize sedimentation impacts and maintain water quality for reservoirs and other water infrastructure by reducing soil erosion and the risk of wildfires.”

Funding for this initiative is provided thru the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill conservation program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, water supply development, riparian protection, and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Applications for enrollment for this funding opportunity must be received by Friday, June 15, 2018 and projects must be submitted to the following NRCS Field Offices: 

Counties         NRCS Field Office   
Boulder, Gilpin, and Jefferson Longmont  
Douglas Franktown
Park Teller/Woodland Park

For additional information about this effort, NRCS, its programs and benefits, please visit