Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund: A Colorado Program Supporting Local Restoration Projects

Message from the Board:

To sum up what we can learn from 2016 – embrace change. We were surprised to learn that the Healthy Rivers Fund would not be on the 2015 Colorado Income Tax form even though the program had been reauthorized in the 2015 legislative session. So it was back to the Legislature in 2016. We are now able to announce that the Healthy Rivers Fund is back in the Tax Checkoff program in 2016.

Please help us embrace change by contributing some or all of your state tax refund as you are able. You will need to complete Colorado Department of Revenue Form DR0104CH


About the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund
We are delighted to announce that on April 22, 2016 Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 16-1297 reinstating the Healthy Rivers Fund in the Colorado Income Tax Checkoff Program along with five other public benefit programs: the Alzheimer's Association Fund, The Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Fund, the Colorado Cancer Fund, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado Fund, and the Unwanted Horse Fund, all of which were dropped from the state income tax checkoff program in 2016.

Thanks to Representative Lois Court, (D-Denver) and Senator Beth Martinez-Humenik (R-Thornton) who sponsored HB 16-1297.

The Colorado Watershed Assembly is committed to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund and will continue to work with our friends in the Colorado Legislature, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission to continue a program which helps support local watershed organizations in their efforts to provide clean water, protect habitat and improve recreation and accessibility.

Contributions made to the Colorado Watershed Assembly for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund will be held in reserve and administered jointly with the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission.

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Past Grant Recipients

PDF of actual Grant by Basin

Please consider a donation to support Healthy Rivers in Colorado.

  • Since the establishment of the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund in 2003, over 130,000 citizens donated more than $1,099,000 from their tax returns.
  • The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund has granted funding for more than 80 projects statewide.
  • Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund grant projects contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, and improved recreation throughout the State.
  • The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund has contributed to the restoration of stream channels in the South Platte, Arkansas, Colorado, Gunnison, Rio Grande, Yampa, and San Juan River Basins.
  • Projects funded by the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund are matched with an average of $6 for every $1 donated.

Resources for Grant Applicants

While the Healthy Rivers Fund will not be soliciting grant applications in 2017, all available funds are committed to grant applicants, we will begin to rebuild the Fund and look forward to opening a round of application submittals as funds are available.  Your contribution counts!  With your help we can strengthen the Healthy Rivers Fund and the collaborative energy it promotes.