Projects and Studies In Progress

Projects/Studies in Progress

This page contains the projects/studies that the Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable has granted WSRF funds to but have not been completed.  Use the map to find out the basic information or for a more detailed description of the project and its reports please use list below the map.

Page was last updated on 10/25/2021

Total Basin Funds In Progress:

$1,001,127

Total State Funds in Progress

$216,000

City of Craig Yampa River Water Park

City of Craig 

Development of white water river park at the City of Craig inlet.

Approved: March, 2021

Basin Ask: $65,000

 

Sheriff Dam Rehabilitation

Town of Oak Creek

Phase 1 of the rehabilitation of the Sheriff Dam outlet

Approved: March, 2021

Basin Ask: $73,750

 

White River Integrated Water Initiative Phase 2

White River Conservation District 

Support of the White River Integrated Water Initiative 

Approved: March, 2021

Basin Ask: $49,000          State Ask: $66,000

Yampa-White-Green Education and Outreach 2020

Community Agriculture Alliance

Three year grant for the YWG BRT Education and Outreach

Approved: July , 2020

Basin Ask: $99,000

 

Drescher Dam Rehabilitation

Nick Charchalis

Phase one of the Drescher Dam Rehabilitation 

Approved: July , 2020

Basin Ask: $10,000

Diversion Infrastructure Improvement Project

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District

Pilot project to provide funding for needed diversions/measuring devices in the conservancy district boundaries  

Approved: January, 2020

Basin Ask: $100,000

Elkhead Creek Restoration Project Phase 1

Trout Unlimited

Joint NCRS/Trout Unlimited project to improve the banks of Elkhead Creek below the dam.

Approved: March, 2020

Basin Ask: $50,000         State Ask: $150,000

Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure and Headgate Rehabilitation

The Nature Conservancy

Continued work on the Maybell canal to improve the headgates and diversion structure

Approved: May, 2019

Basin Ask: $75,000

Maybell Diversion and Headgate Project Telemetry

The Nature Conservancy

Purchase of telemetry equipment as part of the Maybell diversion restoration project.  

Approved: September, 2021

Basin Ask: $34,000   State Ask: $66,000

Yampa White Green River K-12 Curriculum

Yampatika

Three year grant to develop and provide water education curriculum to the school districts within the Yampa-White-Green basin.    

Approved: November, 2019

Basin Ask: $99,053

Yampa River Forests Restoration and Temperature Mitigation Project

City of Steamboat Springs

In partnership of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Counsel three year project to develop a nursery and plant trees along the Yampa to reduce water temperature

Approved: January, 2019

Basin Ask: $25,000

YWG BRT Application                               Report

White Rvier Algae Research Project

White River Conservation District

Three year study on what could be causing the algae blooms in the White River

Approved: November, 2018

Basin Ask: $99,000

City of Craig "Yampa River Diversion Park"

The Yampa River near Craig, Colorado has the potential to host a multi-use park on the location of the existing Yampa River Diversion Structure near the City of Craig’s water intake. A growing trend in whitewater recreation around the country is promoting community direction towards rivers as a source of recreation, education and local pride.  This grant request will fund the engineering required to develop a white water park for the City of Craig.

Approved: Pending CWCB Approval
 
Basin Ask: $65,000
 
YWG Application                                              Reports
Town of Oak Creek "Sheriff Dam Rehabilitation"

Sheriff Reservoir provides the sole source of water storage for the Town of Oak Creek. The Town has a population of 944 and owns the dam and water rights in the reservoir. Three significant dam safety issues have been identified by the Colorado Division Water Resources (DWR) at this 67-year-old dam.  This grant will be used to fund studies and initial engineering for the spill way of the dam, replace the outlet gate that is at the end of its life.

Approved: Pending CWCB Approval
 
Basin Ask: $73,750
 
YWG Application                                              Reports
The Nature Conservancy "Maybell Diverison and Headgate Project Telemetry

This grant will fund the purchase of telemetry equipment as a critical component of updating and modernizing the Maybell irrigation diversion.  New remote transmission and receiving equipment will allow for easier operation and more precise control of the irrigation water.  The entire project of rehabilitating the Maybell Diversion is estimated to cost $2.9 million.  The project will modernize irrigation infrastructure, increase agricultural efficiency, benefit designated critical habitat for four endangered fish (the Humpback Chub, Bonytail, Colorado Pikeminnow, and the Razorback Sucker) and improve safety for recreational boaters.  

Approved: September, 2021
 
Basin Ask: $34,000   State Ask: $66,000
 
YWG Application                                              Reports
White River Conservation District "White River Integrated Water Initiative Phase 2"

The White River Conservation District ask to fund phase 2 of the  White River Integrated Water Initiative based on the mission statement: “Community-based initiative to identify actions promoting a healthy river that ensures a vibrant agricultural community and maintains healthy fisheries while protecting water rights, quantity, and quality with respect for the local customs, cultures, and property rights.” In Phase 2, the Project Coordinator will maintain project momentum, continue community outreach, and coordinate planned assessments with landowners. Phase 2 also includes diversion structure and riparian health assessments. Collected information will help determine project opportunities that will benefit landowners, water right holders, the health of the river, and fish passages. As Phase 2 progresses, Project Coordinator will write a Plan of Work for Phase 3 that clearly delineates the next steps required including needed studies, modeling, and implementation of identified projects and will ultimately lead to an Integrated Water Management Plan in the future.

Approved: March, 2021

Basin Ask: $49,000              State Ask: $66,000

Application                              Report

Community Agriculture Alliance "Yampa-White-Green Education and Outreach 2020"

The Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) request additional WSRF funds to continue the Public Education Participation Outreach work it has been doing for the Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable since 2016.   The task preformed by the CAA would be continued social media (website/Facebook) development and support, print and radio ads in reginal newspapers and stations, and continue to develop and sponsor regional water events.  The amount requested would cover a three year span, after the initial education and outreach grant was competed.

Approved: July, 2020

Basin Ask: $99,000

Application                              Report

Nick Charchalis "Drescher Dam Rehabilitation"

The Drescher Dam located approximately 2.5 miles from the Yampa River in the Breeze Basin approximately 9 miles Southwest of Craig.  This grant is will support the phase 1 repair of the dam.  Phase 1 will consist of engineering phase 1 and 2 repairs and immediate risk reduction measure of 1) mitigation of rodent burrows in the embankment, 2)riprap of the emergency spillway transport section, 3)development of reservoir control plan.

Approved: July 2020

Basin Ask: $10,000

Application                                      Reports

Trout Unlimited "Lower Elkhead Creek Restoration Project, Phase 1"

The Trout Unlimited  project of Lower Elkhead Creek (downstream of Elkhead Reservoir) will address the creek  significant bank erosion,  channel incision, fragmentation and reduction of the riparian corridor, and general habitat  degradation. Private landowners have been actively seeking solutions to improve the creek’s  ecosystem and maintain agricultural ways of life. The proposed Lower Elkhead Creek Restoration  Project, Phase 1, aims to address landowners’ concerns by restoring more than 50 acres of riverine  and riparian habitat, which will help to a) stabilize the creek channel, b) increase resiliency to flooding,  drought and human activity, c) provide tangible benefits to local agriculture and wildlife, and d)  improve water temperature and water quality. Trout Unlimited (TU) will partner with private  landowners, community groups, NGOs and state and federal agencies to restore the riparian corridor  along Elkhead Creek, utilizing measures such as bank regrading, structural bank reinforcement,  strategic plantings of native riparian species and adjusted land management.

Approved: March 2020

Basin Ask: $50,000                        State Ask: $150,000

 YWG BRT Application                                       Reports

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District "Diversion Infrastructure Improvement Project"

This is a two year pilot project. The goal is to fund twenty (20) Tier 1 and ten (10) Tier 2 infrastructure  improvement projects in the basin, resulting in the installation of properly functioning headgates and  measuring devices. This will benefit diverters that have water rights by protecting their overall water  security in the future. This will benefit the Y/W/G Basin Roundtable (BRT) by reducing the number of  smaller grant applicants.

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District  propose a grant program  that will encourage the improvement of infrastructure and help to ensure that the projects are matched  with the right funding source based on size and complexity. It is estimated that there could be more  than 800 diversions without measuring devices within the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District’s  boundaries. Many of these have diversion infrastructure in need of improvement. These diversions  could be redesigned to replace aging infrastructure, help ensure water delivery, and improve fish  passage and habitat.

Approved: January 2020

Basin Ask: $100,000

YWG BRT Application                                       Reports

Yampatika "Yampa White Green Rivers K-12 Curriculum"

Yampatika will develop and implement a K-12 focused youth water education program for the Yampa/White/Green (YWG) Basin Roundtable. This project will include the development of curriculum based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) state standards, a comprehensive evaluation system that measures both quantitative and qualitative success and professional development opportunities for educators related to water education. Youth water education programs will focus on increasing general water education, which includes highlighting the importance of water in the Basin to all relevant stakeholders including agriculture, municipalities, recreation, businesses, community members, and the environment. These education programs will be a valuable opportunity to highlight the Colorado Water Plan, the Basin Implementation Plan, and the critical role of the YWG Basin Roundtable to address the consumptive and non-consumptive water needs across the Basin. Evaluation components will be created for school-based programs and professional development opportunities to ensure short and long-term success of water education programs. WSRF funds will be used over a three-year period to accomplish these educational objectives.

Approved: November, 2019

Basin Ask: $99,053

 YWG BRT Application                                       Reports

The Nature Conservancy "Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure and Headgate Rehabilitation Study"

The Maybell Ditch will consult with an engineer to create a final engineering design and construction plans to improve the diversion structure and replace the headgate on the Maybell Ditch. Once installed, the modern headgate will allow irrigators to better control the volume of water diverted from the Yampa. This will improve flows for nonconsumptive users along 18 miles of the Yampa, as well as improve delivery for Maybell irrigators.

Approved: May, 2019

Basin Ask: $75,000

Application                               Reports

Colorado River District "Yampa River Basin Integrated Water Management Plan (IWMP)"

The goal of this project is to build consensus, through hydrologic modeling scenarios, among various stakeholders on the projects/methods that can advance the Basin Implementation Plan.  The Colorado River District is the fiscal agent but the Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable is the project owner.

Approved: March, 2019

Basin Ask: $154,524

YWG Application                                                           Reports                                          Website

City of Steamboat Springs "Yampa River Forest Restoration and Temperature Mitigation Project"

The 2018 Yampa River Health Assessment and Streamflow Management Plan (aka The Stream Management Plan) found that the riparian forest is degraded on the reach of the Yampa River above the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area, through town and to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and that improving the quality of the vegetation, particularly the shading canopy cover, will lead to improvements in stream temperature and water quality on the Yampa River. By restoring the river forest, this 3-year project that was identified as a top priority action item in the Stream Management Plan, will also help to improve aquatic and terrestrial habitat and to stabilize the river channel thus making it more resilient to floods, droughts, or human impacts. The City intends to partner with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s (YVSC) Re-Tree program to restore the riparian forest through strategic plantings of willows, alders, cottonwoods and other native river plant species on Public Open Space parcels and other prioritized locations. This project will connect community members, especially youth, to the river through this locally established volunteer tree-planting program. The WSRF funds will be used to design and prioritize restoration projects; to secure an adequate supply of trees and shrubs that are purchased and/or harvested locally; to construct a seasonal riparian plant nursery, if deemed necessary, to coordinate plantings on the prioritized areas, and to provide long-term care and protection for the seedlings.

Approved: January, 2019

Basin Ask: $25,000

YWG Application                                      Reports

White River Conservation District "White River Algae Research Project"
The White River Algae research project Scope of Work (SOW) will be conducted by USGS to improve the understanding of why an excessive amount of benthic algae is occurring in the White River over the past 3 – 5 years. A better understanding based on science is expected to lead to the development of mitigation strategies for decreasing benthic algae in the White River.
 
Approved: November, 2018
 
Basin Ask: $99,000
 
YWG Application                                              Reports
Friends of the Yampa "Yampa River Leafy Spurge Project"

The Yampa River Leafy Spurge Project (YRLSP) engages private land owners, federal, state and local government agencies, educational, environmental and recreation organizations and interested individuals, who share a concern for the economic and ecological future of the Yampa Valley. We are working together to establish an effective program of integrated management for leafy spurge an emerging threat to our regional agricultural economy and riparian watershed health.

Approved: September, 2018

Basin Ask: $89,000

YWG Application                                         Reports

BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Yampa River Diversion Park
BASIN ASK
$65,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
In Progress
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Sheriff Dam Rehabilitation
BASIN ASK
$73,750
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
In Progress
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Maybell Diversion and Headgate Project Telemtry
BASIN ASK
$34,000
STATE ASK
$66,000
CWCB APPROVAL
September, 2021
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
White River Integrated Water Initiative Phase 2
BASIN ASK
$49,800
STATE ASK
$66,000
CWCB APPROVAL
March, 2021
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
January, 2023
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Yampa-White-Green Education and Outreach
BASIN ASK
$99,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
July, 2020
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
September, 2023
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Drescher Dam Rehabilitation
BASIN ASK
$10,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
July, 2020
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
October, 2023
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Lower Elkhead Creek Restoration Project
BASIN ASK
$50,000
STATE ASK
150,000
CWCB APPROVAL
March, 2020
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
January, 2024
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Diversion Infrastructure Improvement Project
BASIN ASK
$100,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
January, 2020
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
May, 2022
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Yampa White Green Rivers K-12 Curriculum
BASIN ASK
$99,053
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
November, 2019
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
June, 2023
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure and Headgate Rehabiliation Study
BASIN ASK
$73,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
May, 2019
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
December, 2021
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Yampa River Basin Integrated Water Management Plan
BASIN ASK
$154,509
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
March, 2019
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
March, 2023
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Yampa River Forest Restoration and Temperature Mitigation Project
BASIN ASK
$25,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
January, 2019
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
December, 2021
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
White River Alae Research Project
BASIN ASK
$99,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
November, 2018
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
December, 2021
BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Yampa River Leafy Spurge Project
BASIN ASK
$89,000
STATE ASK
0
CWCB APPROVAL
September, 2018
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
December, 2021