Projects and Studies

Projects and Studies funded by the Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable

The Water Supply Reserve Fund Grant Program (WSRF) is one of the grant programs that the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) operates.  The Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable has an account under this program so that the YWG BRT can allocate funds to projects/studies that support the YWG BRT Basin Implementation Plan (BIP) and the Colorado Water Plan.

This page contains the projects and studies that have been completed that used WSRF funds approved by the YWG BRT.  Use the map for a quick intro to completed projects/studies but for a more detailed description please use the tables listed below.

YWG BRT Account:

Total funds granted on completed projects

$2,517,527

WSRF State Account

Total state wide funds granted within the basin on competed projects

$847,968

Last updated 10/25/2021

 

For YWG BRT WSRF funded projects/studies still in progress please visit this page: 

Maybell Ditch Project

Maybell Ditch Company 

Supported the addition of a waste gate to the Maybell Canal

Approved: November, 2016

Basin Ask: $45,675

Martin Springs Irrigation and Storage Improvements

Deborah Martin

Improved a small reservoir and irrigation structures

Approved: September, 2019

Basin Ask: $7,462

Advancing K-12 Water Education in Western Colorado

John McConnell Math and Science Center
 
Fabrication of a water center at the John McConnell Math and Science Center.  Asked for WSRF funds from all western round tables.
 
Approved: September, 2017
 
Basin Ask: $15,000                State Ask: $33,333

White River Storage

Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District 

Further study of the Wolf Creek Reservoir

Approved: March, 2017

Basin Ask: $85,000          State Ask: $82,888

 

Walker Ditch Headgate Replacement

Upper Walker Ditch Company

Fund a new headgate structure on the Walker Ditch

Approved: May, 2019

Basin Ask: $62,222

Yampa-White-Green Education and Outreach

Community Agriculture Alliance

A three year grant to CAA to provide education and outreach in the Yampa-White-Green Basin on behave of the YWG BRT.

Awarded: May, 2016

Basin Ask: $150,000

Crosho Lake and Reservoir - Simon#1 Dam Outlet Replacement

Crosho Lake Corporation 

Project to replace the outlet of Simon #1 Dam

Approved: March, 2016

Basin Ask: $30,000         State Ask: $108,380

Characterization of Streamflow, Suspended Sediment and Nutrients in the Upper Yampa River Basin

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District

Study on the upper Yampa above Stagecoach Reservoir on streamflow, suspended sediment and nutrients conducted by the USGS.

Approved: January, 2019

Basin Ask: $77,424

Yampa River Health Assessment and Streamflow Management Plan

City of Steamboat Springs

A study of the Yampa River health from Stagecoach Reservoir to the wastewater treatment plant and development of streamflow management plan.

Approved: July, 2016
 
Basin Ask: $21,000

Improvement of Lysimeter operations and consumptive use quantification in high-altitude, irrigated meadows in the Yampa/White Basin

Colorado State University 
Two grants awarded for the improvement of lysimeter operation in the Yampa Valley.  A new weather station was installed and new buck lysimeters where installed.  Operations and data collections was funded through 2019.  
 
Approved: Nov 2010                                                      May, 2016
 
Basin Ask: $10,000  State Ask: $ 10,978                     Basin Ask: $11,304   State Ask: $11,304

Completed Projects

Deborah Martin "Martin Springs Irrigation and Storage Improvement Project "

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

Application                         Reports

Walker Ditch Company "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

Application                           Reports

John McConnell Math and Science Center "Advancing K-12 Water Education in Western Colorado"

The John McConnell Math and Science Center located downtown Grand Junction on the Colorado Mesa University campus.

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
 
Application                                                 Report
 
Maybell Irrigation District "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

Application                               Report

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

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 on behave of the Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable and the Public Education Patriation Outreach committee.

Awarded: May, 2016

Basin Ask: $150,000

Application                               Reports

Crosho Lake Corporation "Crosho Lake and Reservoir -Simon #1 Dam Outlet Replacement"

Project to replace the outlet of Simon # 1 Dam on Crosho lake.

Approved: March, 2016

Basin Ask: $30,000

State Ask: $108,380

Reports

Completed Studies

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District "Characterization of Streamflow, Suspended Sediment and 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

Application                                         Reports                  Link to the USGS Report

Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District "White River Storage Project - Phase 2"

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

Application                           Reports 

Steamboat Springs " Yampa River Health Assessment and Streamflow Management Plan"

The Yampa River Health Assessment and Streamflow Management Plan identifies a long-term strategy for protecting and improving the health and resiliency of the Yampa River near Steamboat Springs.  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
 
Reports                  External Website

 

Colorado State University " Improvement of Lysimeter operations and consumptive use quantification in high-altitude, irrigated meadows in the Yampa/White BAsin"

This project/study will focus on efforts to improve lysimeter operation in the Yampa Basin.  New bucket type lysimeters and a full automated weather station on the Carpenter Ranch.  The bucket new lysimeters are weighing lysimeters instead of compensating lysimeters.  The new lysimeters will provide quantitative assessment of irrigated hay meadow consumptive use and its relation to local weather conditions.  A second grant was awarded for the continued operation of the site.

Approved: Nov 2010                                                      May, 2016
 
Basin Ask: $10,000  State Ask: $ 10,978                     Basin Ask: $11,304   State Ask: $11,304
 
Application                   Reports
The Colorado River Water Conservation District " Colorado River Development and Curtailment Risk Study I, II, III"

At the December 14, 2014 joint meeting of the four West Slope Roundtables, participants
requested information to facilitate intra-basin discussion of demand management, should low
levels at Lake Powell require that tool, as well as discussion of potential future development of
West Slope Colorado River system supplies. In response, the Colorado River District and
Southwestern Water Conservation District proposed Phase I of the Colorado River Risk Study.
Each district and each Roundtable shared in the costs. This continued into a Phase II, and at the
April 25 joint meeting, the four West Slope Roundtables will contemplate the need for a Phase
III and what questions it would tackle.

 

Approved: March, 2016          March, 2017

Basin Ask: $8,000                    $10,000

Reports 

Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable "Basin Implementation Plan"

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: 2013 to 2014

Basin Ask: $395,000

State Ask: $152,000

BIP webpage

Routt County Conservation District " YWG BRT Phase II Agricultural Needs/Return Flow Preliminary Assessment Project"

In this project the Routt County Conservation District contracted with CSU to conduct a reconnaissance and scoping effort.  The objectives were to evaluate the need for and to define the nature of a project aimed at assessing the impact of current and altered irrigation practices on irrigation return flows and related groundwater conditions in Colorado’s Yampa and White River Basins.

Approved: July, 2015

Basin Ask: $13,250

Reports

 

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UYWCD Master Plan Modeling in the Yampa River Basin
BASIN ASK
$25,000
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White River Highland Ditch Diversion & Headgate Redesign
BASIN ASK
$30,000
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2014
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White River Storage Feasibility Phase 2
BASIN ASK
$97,750
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White River Storage Feasibility Study
BASIN ASK
$67,500
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2013
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Energy Development Water Needs Assessment Study Update
BASIN ASK
$25,000
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$0
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2013
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Development & Implementation of Water Education & Networking 3 yr Program of Discussions, Forums, Workshops Tours
BASIN ASK
$30,000
STATE ASK
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2013
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Armstrong Creek Restoration Project
BASIN ASK
$15,000
STATE ASK
$35,000
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2013
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Rangely Irrigation System Master Plan Study
BASIN ASK
$12,500
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2013
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Yampa River Structures Project
BASIN ASK
$50,000
STATE ASK
$0
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2011
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Yellow Jacket Water Storage Feasibility Study
BASIN ASK
$220,800
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2010
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YW Basin Nonconsumptive Needs Assessment Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool
BASIN ASK
$169,002
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$0
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2010
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Headwaters Magazine
BASIN ASK
$20,000
STATE ASK
$0
CWCB APPROVAL
2009
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Development and Implementation of Water Forums, Workshop, and/or Tours
BASIN ASK
$10,000
STATE ASK
$0
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2009
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Stillwater Reservoir Seepage Project
BASIN ASK
$189,000
STATE ASK
$0
CWCB APPROVAL
2009
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Sandwash Basin coalbed methane production depletive effects on water resources
BASIN ASK
$20,000
STATE ASK
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2008
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Town of Yampa Water Facilities Plan and storage tank upgrades
BASIN ASK
$61,062
STATE ASK
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2008
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Sparks Reservoir
BASIN ASK
$16,000
STATE ASK
$0
CWCB APPROVAL
2008
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Common Data Repository
BASIN ASK
$106,600
STATE ASK
$0
CWCB APPROVAL
2008
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Agricultural Water Needs Assessment
BASIN ASK
$201,410
STATE ASK
$0
CWCB APPROVAL
2008
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Morrison Creek Reservoir Feasibility Study
BASIN ASK
$49,500
STATE ASK
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CWCB APPROVAL
2007
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Energy Development Water Needs Assessment(Joint Application)
BASIN ASK
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2007