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Summer 2024 Nine Basin Bulletin

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Hi! Welcome to our 2024 Summer Nine Basin Bulletin. We're transitioning to a new platform for our newsletter; we aim to make an easy switch, but please contact Monika Rock via email - - if you have any technical issues accessing the Newsletter. We hope your summer is off to a great start, and we are excited to share upcoming water events, news, legislation, and other water happenings! The Nine Basins Bulletin is the newsletter from the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Water Information Program (WIP).

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Upcoming Water Events

SWCD Events

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Special Board Meeting and Audit Acceptance 07/16/2024 - Durango & Remote

Regular Board Meeting 08/07/2024 - 08/08/2024 - Pagosa Springs & Remote

Special  Board Meeting - Budget Workshop 09/12/2024 - To be determined 

Other Events 

Water Week at Fort Lewis College 

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SWCD Summer Announcements 

In June, SWCD held its third regular board meeting of 2024. At the meeting, the board discussed their 2025 grant program, their water conservation and infrastructure partnership, state and federal legislation, an Emergency Grant request from Farmers Water Development Company, and other topics. Please see the full agenda on our website.







News articles that piqued our interest

In the Basin
From the State
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Bills and Legislation

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Colorado General Assembly 



Federal Legislation & Issues 


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Don’t Know Where to Start?

Current water project funding opportunities are a lot to take in. That’s part of why the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) hired regional water plan grant managers–to help project proponents navigate this once-in-a-generation opportunity to implement projects statewide. Contact Laura Spann (based in Durango),, 720-916-7723 if you need help getting started.

Other Resources: 

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  • Senator John Hickenlooper Grant Navigation Webiste
  • Opportunity Navigator CWCB has compiled this database to serve as a tool for people and organizations across Colorado to navigate all available funding opportunities for water projects in a single place.
  • Irrigation Infrastructure Resource Hub Have a water funding need but don’t know where to start? DARCA and the River Network teamed up to create this hub.
  • Water Plan Grants The CWCB offers grants to advance the goals of the Colorado Water Plan. Adding storage? Have a multi-benefit project? Lots of project partners, collaboration? An innovative or landscape-scale project? It might fit well here. Roundtable letters of support, while not required, add value to your application. If you want their consideration, the Southwest Basin Roundtable requests a short proposal and presentation at a meeting.

Want to apply for federal water grants but don’t have the staff capacity?

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  • The Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Federal Technical Assistance Program can help you review the many federal funding opportunities currently available for water projects and prepare and submit federal grant applications. The Technical Assistance Program can also help enhance your projects with feasibility studies, planning, and partial design/engineering so that they stand out in the highly competitive federal grant process. The Technical Assistance Program is accepting applications through fall 2024. For more information, visit the Technical Assistance Program website or contact Michael Regan at
  • WaterSMART Program Portal This site houses Reclamation's schedule for funding through WaterSMART and Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration and opportunities for Multi-Benefit Projects to Improve Watershed Health.
  • Colorado Wildlife Mitigation Funding: Here's a list of state, federal, and private funding available for a wide variety of wildfire mitigation projects, including Watershed Health.
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 Career Opportunities 

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Please email if you know of any positions you'd like to share in this newsletter. 

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