Projects and Studies In Progress

Projects/Studies in Progress

This page contains the projects/studies to which 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 12/26/2022

Total Basin Funds In Progress:

$1,025,054

Total State Funds in Progress

$292,000

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 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

Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure and Headgate Rehabilitation Study

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

Approved: May, 2019

Basin Ask: $73,000

Nicholas and Ann Charchalis " Drascher Dam Rehabilitation Phase 2"

There are two phases to our project: Task 1 is for the Company to obtain accurate cost estimates for the alternatives to mitigate seepage from each abutment. The left abutment mitigation will require a separate project from that required for the right abutment. The cost estimates will enable the Reservoir Company to select the most efficient and effective repair projects from the alternatives already presented. This will allow the Company to develop a detailed design plan for submission to the Division of Water Resources for final approval of the repair projects. Task 2 is to replace the outlet’s hydraulic power unit, hydraulic reservoir and hydraulic lines with the recommended upgrades and encase the new lines in conduit. These upgrades will ensure that the outlet system has optimal capability for safe and efficient operation now and for the foreseeable future.

Approved: Sept, 2022
 
Basin Ask: $62,440 
 
Charchalis Application                                              Reports
Bear River Reservoir Company "Stillwater Reservoir Upgrades"

There are two phases to our project: Task 1 is for the Company to obtain accurate cost estimates for the alternatives to mitigate seepage from each abutment. The left abutment mitigation will require a separate project from that required for the right abutment. The cost estimates will enable the Reservoir Company to select the most efficient and effective repair projects from the alternatives already presented. This will allow the Company to develop a detailed design plan for submission to the Division of Water Resources for final approval of the repair projects. Task 2 is to replace the outlet’s hydraulic power unit, hydraulic reservoir and hydraulic lines with the recommended upgrades and encase the new lines in conduit. These upgrades will ensure that the outlet system has optimal capability for safe and efficient operation now and for the foreseeable future.

Approved: Sept, 2022
 
Basin Ask: $139,487
 
BRRC Application                                              Reports
The Colorado Snow and Avalanche Studies "Snow Studies Project"

The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies (CSAS) is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to continue the Colorado dust-on-snow (CODOS) Project another three years.  Our Senator Beck Study Basin (SBB) (www.snowstudies.org) serves the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting and conducting interdisciplinary research and sustaining integrative 24/7/365 monitoring of weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant community and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends. SBB is also the home of the Colorado Dust-on-Snow Project (www.codos.org/#codos) which forecasts, on behalf of the water management community, dust-on-snow conditions and associated impacts on Colorado snowmelt runoff behavior throughout the entire State.

Approved: March, 2022
 
Basin Ask: $15,000     State Ask: $90,000
 
CSAS Application                                              Reports
TNC "Maybell Diversion and Headgate Telemetry"

This WSRF-funded project will purchase telemetry equipment as part of the Maybell diversion restoration project on the Yampa River. Telemetry will enable remote communication with the diversion and headgate for more precise control of water in the ditch for irrigation, recreation, and environmental needs. The Maybell diversion restoration project, once complete, will allow safe passage of fish and paddlers at a location that currently impedes fish movement and poses a boating hazard. Maybell Irrigation District operates the largest diversion on the Yampa that serves 18 producers and over 1,200 acres of hay pasture. This proposal covers $100,000 of direct costs for the telemetry components of the Maybell project.

Approved: Sept. 2021
 
Basin Ask: $100,00
 
TNC Application                                              Reports
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: July 2021
 
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: $73,000

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

BASIN PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
BASIN ASK
STATE ASK
CWCB APPROVAL
PROJECT EXPIRE DATE
Drascher Dam Rehabilitation
$62,440
$0
September, 2022
Stillwater Reservoir Upgrades
$139,487
$0
September, 2022
Colorado Dust on Snow Project
$15,000
$10,000
March, 2022
Yampa River Diversion Park
$65,000
0
July, 2021
January, 2023
Sheriff Dam Rehabilitation
$73,750
0
July, 2021
September, 2023
Maybell Diversion and Headgate Project Telemtry
$34,000
$66,000
September, 2021
October, 2023
White River Integrated Water Initiative Phase 2
$49,800
$66,000
March, 2021
January, 2024
Yampa-White-Green Education and Outreach
$99,000
0
July, 2020
May, 2022
Drescher Dam Rehabilitation
$10,000
0
July, 2020
June, 2023
Lower Elkhead Creek Restoration Project
$50,000
150,000
March, 2020
June, 2022
Diversion Infrastructure Improvement Project
$100,000
0
January, 2020
March, 2023
Yampa White Green Rivers K-12 Curriculum
$99,053
0
November, 2019
Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure and Headgate Rehabilitation Project
73,000
0
May, 2019
Yampa River Basin Integrated Water Management Plan
$154,509
0
March, 2019