Funding Opportunities Late November

Mountain Lake. Mountain reflecting in water of lake with fall color tree. Division of Wildlife. Colorado Division of Wildlife.  Date taken: 10/20/2003.

Mountain Lake. Mountain reflecting in water of lake with fall color tree. Division of Wildlife. Colorado Division of Wildlife.  Date taken: 10/20/2003.


The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the Gardens program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Through the program, young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. Link to Complete RFP.

Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources in the 15-county area covered by the District are eligible for funding consideration. This includes all watersheds in north- and central- western Colorado, except the San Juan River basin. The 2018 Grant Program cycle will open December 1, 2017. Deadline for submission of a grant application for the 2018 cycle is January 31, 2018.  Find more information and guidance HERE.

Water Quality Improvement Fund: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division, is now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting applications is 2:00 p.m. MDT on December 6, 2017. The request for application and more information may be accessed HERE. Questions regarding the request for application must be submitted electronically to no later than 2:00 p.m. MDT on November 17, 2017.

2018 Matching Awards Program: The National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce that it is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP). This funding is available for Natural Resource Projects with a Clear Benefit to National Forests and Grasslands.  MAP is a nationally competitive grant program that provides federal funds for direct on-the-ground projects benefiting America’s National Forests and Grasslands. The program supports action-oriented projects that enhance outdoor experiences, forest and ecosystem health, and engage local communities in caring for their public lands. Nonprofits with  501(c)(3)  status, universities and Native American tribes are eligible to apply.  Grants are awarded for one year and require a 1:1 non-federal cash match. Submission Deadlines January 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm MST or June 13, 2018 at 11:59 pm MDT.  Informational Webinar January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am MST. Register for Webinar HERE. For more information about MAP, click HERE.

The Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program has released a new funding opportunity announcement. Past projects funded by the program have typically involved converting unlined canals and ditches to pipelines located in the Upper Basin States to reduce seepage that picks up salt and carries it into the Colorado River system. The Colorado River and its tributaries provide municipal and industrial water to about 27 million people and irrigation water to nearly four million acres of land in the United States. The river also serves about 2.3 million people and 500,000 acres in Mexico. The threat of salinity is a major concern in both the Unites States and Mexico. Salinity affects agricultural, municipal, and industrial water users. Click HERE for more information. 

EPA Wetland Program Development Grants – Due date varies by region. Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the reduction and elimination of water pollution. WPDGs assist building programs to protect, manage, and restore wetlands. States, tribes, local governments, interstate associations, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the Regional WPDG Request for Proposals. Click HERE for more information.

The National Water Quality Initiative will work in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams. Natural Resource Conservation Service will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces. More Details here.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), provided through the Natural Resource Conservation Service, is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities. To learn more CLICK HERE.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Supply Reserve Account (WSRA) Program provides grants and loans to assist Colorado water users in addressing their critical water supply issues and interests. The funds help eligible entities complete water activities, which may include competitive grants for: Technical assistance regarding permitting, feasibility studies and environmental compliance; Studies or analysis of structural, nonstructural consumptive and nonconsumptive water needs, projects or activities; and structural and nonstructural water projects or activities. For more information click HERE.

Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Efficiency Grant Program. The Water Efficiency Grant Program provides financial assistance to communities, water providers and eligible agencies for water conservation-related activities and projects. Eligible entities as well as state and local governments and agencies can receive funding to develop water conservation and drought plans, implement water conservation goals outlined in a water conservation plan and educate the public about water conservation.
Types of Water Efficiency Grants available - Click on programs below for more information about each and how to apply:

Tamarisk Coalition has a list of riparian restoration funding opportunities maintained by the Tamarisk Coalition.  For list click restoration funding opportunities

Trainings and Workshops Late November

Sangre de Cristo Mountains. View of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, located in southern Colorado. Photo taken during a Division of Wildlife fish census.

Sangre de Cristo Mountains. View of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, located in southern Colorado. Photo taken during a Division of Wildlife fish census.

JANUARY 29th-30th, 2018: Sprinkler Irrigation Workshop- CSU Extension is offering two free-of-charge workshops for farmers interested in sprinkler irrigation. Farmers in the Lower Arkansas River Basin face many challenges if they want to install a center pivot irrigation system. A recently released report from the Colorado Water Institute ( confirms that these challenges are real, but can be overcome in practical ways by most farmers.   Now might be the time to consider installing a sprinkler system on your farm.  Locations: Student Union, Otero Junior College, La Junta, January 29, 2018; Colorado Room, Cow Palace Rodeway Inn, Lamar, January 30, 2018.  For more information and to register, visit HERE.

February 28th- March 2nd, 2018: Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado is hosting a Community-Based Collaborative Conservation Workshop. Objectives include: Understand existing resources, identify barriers to participation, identify new resources and opportunities, develop and prioritize strategies to address these, seek agreement on the most effective and efficient way to connect CBCC practitioners, and unify these understandings into an action plan. To read more about this workshop, click HERE.

SPRING 2018: For the first time One World One Water Center will offer a Water Studies Online Certificate through Metropolitan State University of Denver! Participants are required to complete four courses: Water Law, U.S. Water Concerns, Colorado Water and the American West and a final capstone project. For more information and to register: click here.


Job Announcements Late November

Paddock SWA #2. Famed outdoor photographer John Fielder checks out the Paddock State Wildlife Area in Lake County near Leadville. Division of Wildlife. Tom Martin - Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Date Taken: 7/7/2011.

Paddock SWA #2. Famed outdoor photographer John Fielder checks out the Paddock State Wildlife Area in Lake County near Leadville. Division of Wildlife. Tom Martin - Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Date Taken: 7/7/2011.

Eagle Valley Land Trust (EVLT) is hiring a Communications and Fundraising Coordinator. The mission of the EVLT is to protect forever the lands we love, to preserve our heritage, scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitats, and to build a permanent legacy for future generations. General Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Coordinator drafts and conveys all communications and coordinates several fundraising activities of the organization. The Coordinator will take on increased public relations responsibility over time. Since EVLT is a small organization, all employees are expected to work together as a team and shall be responsible for administrative tasks necessary for the day-to-day business of the land trust. The position will be open until filled. Click HERE to learn more.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hiring a full-time Planning Manager. This position provides critical planning knowledge, expertise and support to the agency, staff and the Commission, on statewide and property-level planning. Open to Colorado residents only. Position Title and Link:  Planning Manager IV. Applications are due by November 21, 2017, 5 p.m. Or when the first 100 qualified candidate applications are received, whichever comes first.

Boulder County Parks and Open Space (POS), Resource Planning Division, is hiring a Natural Resources Planner II. The Planner II leads planning processes for the management of properties and policies which guide POS in the protection and conservation of resources. The Planner will work regularly with multi-disciplinary teams, including specialists in ecology, agriculture, recreation, cultural resources, water, education, real estate, GIS, and administration to develop and manage policies. This job search commences November 22, 2017. Click HERE for greater description and the application.

Executive Director needed for Groundwork Denver. Over the last ten years, Groundwork Denver has seen immense impact through its robust range of programs including energy efficiency, urban agriculture, urban waters, transportation, parks and green space and youth employment. Today, the organization is seeking an entrepreneurial Executive Director to build on its successes to-date and lead the continued growth and evolution of Groundwork Denver with the guidance of a recently completed strategic plan. Applications are due November 24, 2017. A complete job description and link to the application can be found HERE, and more about Groundwork Denver is found HERE.

The City of Longmont is seeking a Temp Sustainability Coordinator. Under the direction of the Environmental Services Manager, plan, organize and coordinate the City’s implementation of sustainability concepts and methods.  Areas of focus include environmental quality, energy and water conservation, renewable energy, green building, low impact development, recycling and reuse, pollution prevention, economic vitality and community well-being.  The position requires coordination with and providing direction to administrative, professional, and technical positions in various City departments. This position will be open until filled. HERE is more information. 


Conferences and Events Late November

Colorado in Winter. This scene was photographed outside of Silverthorne. Division of Wildlife. David Hannigan. Date taken: 12/7/2010.

Colorado in Winter. This scene was photographed outside of Silverthorne. Division of Wildlife. David Hannigan. Date taken: 12/7/2010.


SPREE Holiday Camps 2017-2018

SPREE will be hosting several day camps during the 2017- 2018 academic calendar on days that Denver Public Schools are closed.These unique and educational programs are for children who are in kindergarten (must be at least 6 years old) through 5th grade. All holiday camps will be held at Johnson Habitat Park, 610 S. Jason St. Denver CO, 80223; from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Cost for this program is $50/child/day.

November 20-21, 2017: Time Travelers
Hop into your time machine and join SPREE to learn all about the Native Americans and Pioneers who lived along the South Platte River. 

January 15, 2018: Something Fishy!
oin SPREE as we learn about the fish in the South Platte River and the many amazing adaptations they have.

February 2, 2018: Raptors of the River
Investigate the birds of prey that live along the South Platte River.

To view specific dates/themes and to register, please visit the SPREE website!

NOVEMBER 29th- 30th, 2017: Attend the Southern Rockies Seed Network 2017 Conference,Ecotypes: Science, Practice, & Policy at The Fort Collins Innosphere, 320 East Vine Drive, Fort Collins CO. More information to come. More information is found HERE.

NOVEMBER 30th, 2017: COLORADO GROUNDWATER ISSUES Denver, CO. A 1-day conference for state legislators, local government officials, water managers, regulators, environmental organizations, agriculture, industry and water utility end users and their scientific, engineering and legal advisors. Presentations Include: Ogallalawater.Org: Cross State Collaboration to Optimize Water Use, Sustaining Rural Communities; The Legal Landscape in Colorado as it Relates to Managing the Declining Ogallala Aquifer; Managing Risk at LNAPL Sites - Downstream Petroleum Product Contamination in Colorado; Why New ASR Rules are Needed and the Challenges in Developing the New Rules; Groundwater Management Modeling for Recharge Projects in Colorado. As in the conferences of previous years, there is an invited panel of State legislators participating in the program to discuss Colorado’s water policy priorities. The program has become established as a great annual information-exchange and networking opportunity for water-users, providers, managers, scientists, engineers, attorneys, regulators and city, county and state elected representatives. A "must attend" program for all professionals involved with Colorado's groundwater and Water Resources Management. If your business is dependent on an assured water supply - then you need to attend! More information and registration found HERE.

DECEMBER 5, 2017: The Colorado Ag Water Alliance Summit will be in Loveland at The Ranch – Larimer County Fairgrounds – and brings together agricultural leaders from across the state, water professionals, elected officials, and decision makers to discuss agricultural water issues.  With this event comes the desire to continue the discussion of pertinent water issues, but also want to make this event an opportunity to tell the story of “Water and Agriculture” for people unfamiliar with the role of agriculture in Colorado. More information can be found HERE, or to directly register, click HERE.

DECEMBER 12, 2017: You are invited to Conservation and Management of Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southwestern United States, a webinar sponsored by the US Forest Service. This webinar covers material provided in Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southwestern United States by Larry Jones, Ken Halama, and Rob Lovich (Eds.). This book was published in August 2016 and is available on Amazon. Click HERE to register.

MARCH 2nd - 3rd, 2017: 2018 Advancing Environmental Education Conference, "emPowered by Nature", Auraria Campus,Denver, CO. Colorado’s Advancing Environmental Education Conference is annually hosted by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), a statewide leader in environmental education since 1989. CAEE facilitates communication, coordination, resource sharing and professional development to advance environmental education among over 850 members across the state among various sectors.  Information about the Conference Event.

APRIL 18, 2018: The Center for Watershed Protection is hosting the 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference, which is designed for water management from all sectors, practitioners, regulators, and water and sewer authorities, and will present case studies and best practices as well as address cross cutting issues and emerging trends. This will take place online and at remote hub locations. Registration begins soon. Questions can be answered by emailing:, or calling 410-461-8323. For more on the Center for Watershed Protection, click HERE.

Announcements Late November

Hiking to Horseshoe. Division of Wildlife employees hiking into Horseshoe Lake as part of a high lakes fish census in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range located in southern Colorado. Division of Wildlife. Photo taken by: Kevin Rogers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Hiking to Horseshoe. Division of Wildlife employees hiking into Horseshoe Lake as part of a high lakes fish census in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range located in southern Colorado. Division of Wildlife. Photo taken by: Kevin Rogers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education, first founded in 2002 by an act of the state legislature, is introducing a new look that comes with a new name: Water Education Colorado. Tasked with the mission to help Coloradans understand that water is a limited resource and to help them make informed decisions, the organization’s next chapter aims to engage and inform more Colorado residents by building on the programs and trust it has developed among the water community over the last 15 years. Read more HERE.