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Colorado Pressurized Irrigation Small Hydropower Partnership Project

Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2015

USDA Funding: $1.8 Million

Project Timeline: 4 Years (2015 – 2018)

Conservation Program Funding: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Colorado Counties: Statewide

Lead Partner: Colorado Department of Agriculture

Project Summary:
Colorado has a special responsibility when it comes to protecting water quality and quantity. As a headwater state, our snowfall becomes a source of water for eighteen states and parts of Mexico. Water from Colorado grows large amounts of food, provides recreation, hydroelectric power and wildlife habitat making water quality and quantity improvement a high priority for NRCS as well as its natural resource partners. The Hydro Partnership project focuses on water quantity resource concerns in Colorado by facilitating the conversion of flood irrigation systems to more resource-efficient pressurized irrigation systems with integrated hydropower. This project seeks to convert flood irrigation systems to center pivot systems with integrated hydropower and to retrofit existing pressurized irrigation system to add a hydropower component.

FY17 Application Deadlines

Applications submitted by June 23, 2017 will be evaluated to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Applications received after that date will be accepted and evaluated for future rounds of funding.

FY17 RCPP Small Pressurized Micro-hydro Ranking Tool

FY17 RCPP Small Pressurized Micro-hydro Payment Schedule