If it hadn't been for the salts in the soils beneath his farm near Hotchkiss, Tom Kay (TK) likely would not have been able to fully irrigate his corn field this past summer. Because he has salty soils, TK was able to get government assistance to replace an old flood irrigation system with a center-pivot sprinkler system several years ago.
The Colorado River District is pleased to announce a $1.7M funding opportunity to support qualified applicants for construction of irrigation efficiency improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison project area. Qualified project funding requests that address identified natural resource concerns within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork and Uncompahgre project areas will be accepted through June 15, for funding consideration to complete final designs and for construction implementation.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has approved funding for ditch companies to defray the cost of engineering services retained to prepare 2017 USBR Salinity FOA project applications.
Applications are to be submitted to the Delta Conservation District with selection review to be coordinated with CWCB and the Gunnison Basin Salinity Coordinator.
Two meetings for Lower Gunnison Project money to install high efficiency irrigation systems are set for July 28 at DMEA, 11925 6300 Road, Montrose, and July 29 at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall, 276 W. Main Street. Both will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
Two meetings are planned for farmers interested in money to install high efficiency irrigation systems on their property through the Lower Gunnison Project. Meetings will be held on July 28, from 6-8 p.m. at DMEA, 11925 6300 Road, Montrose, and on July 29, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall, 276 W Main Street, Hotchkiss.
The Colorado River District has announced an additional funding opportunity (up to a total of $1.8 million) for the planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison Project area for qualifying applicants.
The Colorado River District has announced that it is making $1.8 million available to qualifying agricultural producers for planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects that address identified resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Landowners within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork and Uncompahgre project areas will be considered for grant funding.
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