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Colorado River Headwaters Connectivity Project

Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2017

Colorado Counties: Grand

Lead Federal Agency: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Cooperating Agency: United States Army Corps of Engineers

Sponsors: Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Trout Unlimited, and Grand County

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 (Project) in Grand County, Colorado. Ecosystem improvements are being proposed within the Windy Gap Watershed to provide river connectivity and enhance stream habitat. Two structures (Windy Gap Dam/Reservoir and the Fraser River weir) are proposed for modifications to reconnect the river segments upstream of the dam, to the Colorado River downstream of the dam. Modifications would reestablish a riparian corridor along this river section and allow for public recreation access.

NEPA Analysis

NRCS, as the lead federal agency, has completed 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 complies 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

A formal Draft Plan-EA public review period was performed for the Project from February 8 to March 10, 2022. NRCS has completed the Final Plan-EA for the Project and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Electronic versions of the documents may be downloaded from links below under Project Documents.

According to Executive Order 11988 and NRCS NEPA regulations, a 30-day public review period will be opened for the project since it is located in a wetland and floodplain. The public review period will end on June 8, 2022.

Colorado River Headwaters Connectivity Project

Contact Information

For further project information, please contact:

Todd Boldt, Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources
Phone: 970-215-9897


Blongshia Cha, Watershed Programs Specialist
Phone: 719-649-1946

Updated: May 9, 2022