Watershed Resilience Pilot Program
The Watershed Resilience Pilot Program is a holistic program designed to align watershed restoration and risk mitigation with community and economic development goals using a collaborative, multi jurisdictional, coalition‐of‐partners approach.
CDBG-DR funds support capacity building through watershed coalition staffing; multi‐objective planning, modeling, and conceptual design activities; and project implementation to address long‐term system improvements that build resilience in watersheds. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs administers these competitive funds in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Colorado Watershed Conservation Board (CWCB).
Approximately $32 million is available to watershed coalitions and their stakeholders, with approximately 80 percent of the funds being allocated to the hardest‐hit counties of Boulder, Larimer, and Weld.
Privately Owned and Non-Profit Ditch Company Grants
This program provides assistance to private and non-profit ditch companies, as well as watershed coalitions, for ditch repairs and implementation of resilience measures. These services are vital to the economic recovery effort of agricultural businesses because of the dependence on ditch-delivered water in the semi-arid farming environment of Colorado, the economic impacts from damaged ditches are passed down to the low- and moderate-income farming demographic.