Projects

Maybell Ditch Project

Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure

Basin Implementation Plan

Leafy Spurge

Yampa River Integrated Water Management Project

Martin Springs Irrigation and Storage Improvements

Community Ag Alliance PEPO Grant

John McConnell Math and Science Center

Upper Yampa River Basin (UYRB)

Yampa River Forest Restoration & Mitigation

City of Steamboat Springs Stream Management Plan

White River Algae Study

White River Storage

YAMPATIKA

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

SIX MONTH REPORTS

MARTIN SPRINGS IRRIGATION AND STORAGE IMPROVEMENTS

The Martin Springs Irrigation project will make improvements to an existing storage pond and point of diversion. They will dredge an existing pond to remove accumulated sediment. This will provide capacity for the absolute storage right of 3.5 acre-feet. They will install a stainless steel head gate and 12” HDPE pipe diversion structure, and construct approximately 600 feet of lateral swales for 11.42 irrigated acres.

Approved: September, 2019

Basin Ask: $7,462

Reports

MAYBELL DITCH DIVERSION STRUCTURE & 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

WALKER DITCH HEADGATE REPLACEMENT

The project replaces a major diversion headgate and flood control structure serving the Walker Ditch located on the Yampa River, three miles east of Hayden Colorado. The project headgate was constructed in approximately 1940 after the river migrated north away from the original 1890 headgate location. The 1940 river migration required an extension of the ditch through the old channel and new headgate structure on the new river channel.

Approved: May, 2019

Basin Ask: $62,222

YAMPA RIVER BASIN INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT PROJECT (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.

Approved: March, 2019

Basin Ask: $154,524

Reports

YAMPA RIVER FOREST RESTORATION & 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

Reports

CHARACTERIZATION OF STREAMFLOW, SUSPENDED SEDIMENT & NUTRIENTS IN THE UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN

The project objectives include obtaining a better understanding of the causes of increased prolific algal occurrences in the Upper Yampa River watershed. Applying stream flow data to the past eight years of USGS water quality data collected at sampling sites in the basin will allow the USGS to create accurate nutrient and sediment loading models. This analysis is designed to provide new data and subsequent understanding of the transport and fate of nutrients and sediment as well as seasonal fluctuations at sites throughout the watershed. As part of this analysis, a comprehensive evaluation of potential loading sources will be undertaken. Water suppliers, wastewater treatment operators, recreational users, and the citizenry at large will benefit from this analysis. Water managers, including those in the agriculture industry, will be better able to make informed decisions as the dynamics of these important constituents are better  understood. The full USGS study proposal is available upon request.

Approved: January, 2019

Basin Ask: $77,424

Reports

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
 
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

Reports

ADVANCING K-12 WATER EDUCATION IN WESTERN COLORADO
This grant will help construct a 400 sq ft hydrology exhibit that includes an interactive water table with multiple hands on tanks that demonstrate principles of hydrology, river dynamics, water cycles, agriculture and municipal uses, conservation, and water law for kids and parents of all ages to enjoy and learn.
 
Approved: September, 2017
 
Basin Ask: $15,000
 
State Ask: $33,333
BASIN ROUNDTABLE TECHNICAL STUDY ON COLORADO RIVER RISK RESPONSE OPTIONS - PHASE 2

Joint West Slope Basin Roundtables began this project to pursue their interest in understanding more about the risks of ongoing drought , the DCPs, and what a demand management program might look like for Colorado River water users.

Approved: March, 2017

Basin Ask: $10,000

WHITE RIVER STORAGE PROJECT PHASE 2A STUDY

In March of 2015, the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District completed an initial feasibility study to identify potential water storage sites in the White River Basin. The study evaluated 25 potential storage sites along the White River and concluded that a new reservoir, located near the confluence of the White River and Wolf Creek, would provide a very efficient, cost effective, multipurpose water project for northwestern Colorado The purpose of  additional White River water storage is to conserve and put to beneficial use some of the approximately 500,000 acre-feet of unused water that flows out of Colorado from the White River each year. The Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District continues to face a serious water crisis because it’s Kenney Reservoir, which originally provided 13,800 acre-feet of storage, is silting in at an average rate of more than 300 acre-feet per year. The annual loss of water storage in Kenney Reservoir reduces recreation use in the reservoir each year and significantly increases the risk to the Town of Rangely’s water supply in times of droughts. Storing a portion of the water that flows out of Colorado from the White River each year will provide significant benefits to endangered fish; provide additional water for municipal, agricultural, and industrial; provide water quality benefits; and meet future demands for a variety of recreation activities in northwest Colorado. The Phase 1 study also documented that that a new Wolf Creek Reservoir would produce additional annual tax revenues of nearly $1.4 million to local economies and the State of Colorado.

Approved: March, 2017

Basin Ask: $85,000

State Ask: $82,888

Reports

MAYBELL DITCH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Maybell Ditch Improvement Project installed an automated waste gate and a measuring flume in the Maybell Ditch. In addition, the District permanently stabilized a hillside that had been reducing irrigation efficiency and producing sediment loads into the Yampa River for many years. Gates were also installed in strategic locations on the ditch to improve water management, helping to manage water flows and reduce tail water.

Approved: November, 2016

Basin Ask: $45,675

Reports

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS STREAM MANAGEMENT PLAN
This project develops a Stream Management Plan that supports a resilient and healthy river and appropriate river recreation along a highly used reach of the Yampa River from the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the Steamboat Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant.
 
Approved: July, 2016
 
Basin Ask: $21,000
 
COMMUNITY AG ALLIANCE/ PEPO

This grant will help develop and implement water education and outreach in the Basin. This is a 3-Year Program of Collateral Dissemination, Media Networking, Forums and Workshops.

Awarded: May, 2016

Basin Ask: $150,000

BASIN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (BIP)

The YWG BRT identified eight primary basin goals. The principal objective underlying all of the goals is the maintenance and protection of historical water use in the YWG Basin as well as the protection of water supplies for future in-basin demands. The YWG Basin goals ultimately seek to promote a healthy and diversified economy long into the future. By maintaining historical water use, residents in the YWG Basin will continue to use the YWG Basin’s natural resources sustainability which will consequently maintain a balanced and diverse economic base. To effectively address future uncertainties, the YWG BRT supports the use of a scenario planning approach for regional and statewide water supply planning that recognizes that both wet and dry periods will occur in the future.

Approved: May, 2016

Basin Ask: $150,000

Reports

 

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