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Colorado River Headwaters Connectivity Project

Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2017

USDA Funding: $8 Million

Project Timeline: 5 Years (2018 – 2022)

Conservation Program Funding: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Watershed Authority (PL566)

Colorado Counties: Grand

Lead Partner: Trout Unlimited (TU)

Sponsors: Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and Trout Unlimited

Project Description

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with the project sponsors (Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Trout Unlimited, and Grand County), is proposing to partially fund through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (Public Law [PL] 83-566), the Colorado River Headwaters Connectivity Project near Granby in Grand County, Colorado. Modifications are being proposed at three locations within the Windy Gap Watershed to improve fish passage and enhance aquatic habitat.  Two structures that are currently hindering fish passage (Fraser River Flow Measuring Weir and Granby Diversion) are proposed for modifications to improve fish passage. Modifications are also proposed at Windy Gap Dam and Reservoir to allow fish passage and more natural stream flow conditions.
NEPA Analysis
NRCS, as the lead federal agency, is initiating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis in the form of a Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) to analyze impacts to the environment from this project. The Plan-EA will comply with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 which require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions.
Current Status
The project will go through a Scoping comment period where the public, organizations,
and agencies are invited to provide comments on the proposed project. The Scoping comment period will be open and a Scoping Open House will be held as indicated below.
Scoping Public Comment Period
Open: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Close: Friday, August 31, 2018
Scoping Open House 
Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Fire Protection District Office
                60500 US-40
                Granby, CO 80446
Contact Information
For further project information please contact:
Bobbi Preite – McMillen Jacobs Associates
1401 Shoreline Drive
Boise, ID 83702
208-985-1542 - PHONE
208-342-4216 - FAX
Project Documents
NOTE: We will add other directories as we move through the NEPA planning process.
Updated: August 1, 2018

2018 Colorado River Headwaters Ranking