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Colorado Rio Grande

Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2017

USDA Funding: $345,000

Project Timeline: 3 Years (2018 – 2020)

Conservation Program Funding: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Colorado Counties: Rio Grande

Lead Partner: Special Improvement District #1 of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District (Subdistrict #1)

Project Summary:
The Colorado Rio Grande project will encourage landowners to participate in voluntary conservation practices for water and soil health. To address issues of drought, the partnership project will share irrigated water management practices, such as weather stations and soil moisture monitoring systems, with the public. Soil health practices will be applied on irrigated cropland to reduce water consumption, reduce soil erosion, enhance soil health and improve soil moisture retention qualities. The application of these practices will reduce energy consumption and contribute to increased stream flows and improved riparian habitat.

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