The District has received a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board facilitated by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association. The purpose of this grant is to critically assess the condition and needs of our irrigation infrastructure in the Grape Creek drainage. This is a voluntary program where an engineering firm will be available to review and assess an individual ranch's irrigation structures, ditches and/or pipelines and deliver a plan (if warranted) for upgrading and improving the overall irrigation efficiency for that ranch.
When the assessments have been completed the District will attempt to locate funding for all of the plans as a group project. By grouping all of the plans as a single watershed project the District hopes to be able to access funding sources that are not traditionally available individually.
The Custer County Conservation District (District) and Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) are coordinating an effort to implement a voluntary irrigation infrastructure assessment project within the district. Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has received grant funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to oversee and distribute grant funds to the District for the purposes of implementing a voluntary agricultural irrigation infrastructure assessment project. The project involves helping the District hire and train a coordinator who will conduct outreach with irrigators and coordinate voluntary assessments of aging agricultural irrigation infrastructure. The coordinator will work on contract to the District.
For a copy of the job posting follow this link: https://www.agwaternetwork.org/Job-Announcement.aspx