Funding Opportunities for Late July

Tarryall in Park County Scenery, Division of Wildlife, David Hannigan, 8/5/2013

Tarryall in Park County Scenery, Division of Wildlife, David Hannigan, 8/5/2013

Request for Proposalsnow available for the Partners for Places Round 11 Grant Cycle. The Round 11 RFP for the general program is now available. The application deadline for Round Eleven is July 31, 2017 (by 11:59 p.m., any time zone). Please follow the links on the website to review the current Request for Proposals, access the Proposal Form, and to consult the Frequently Asked Questions. For more information about this grant proposal, click HERE. If you have any questions about the program or the grant process, please feel free to contact Ashley Quintana at ashley@fundersnetwork.org

National Science Foundation Environmental Sustainability Grants - Due October 20. The National Science Foundation’s Environmental Sustainability program promotes sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being while also being compatible with sustaining environmental systems. For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply. For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website. To apply for this grant click HERE

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is pleased to announce the 2017 habitat restoration grant cycle for proposals that seek to improve and restore Colorado's rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat. The GOCO Board has allocated $500,000 for this grant cycle. Please review the information provided here, including the application instructions linked on that page. Applications are available by request. Please contact Chris Yuan-Farrell at cyuanfarrell@goco.org or 303-226-4511 to discuss your project and request an application.

The Colorado River District has announced an additional funding opportunity to support planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison Project area for qualifying applicants. Applications from landowners that address identified resource concerns within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork, and Uncompahgre project areas will be accepted through July 21, 2017, for funding consideration.This funding opportunity is an expansion of on-going, cooperatively-managed activities made possible by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for on-farm improvements like conversion to high efficiency systems such as pressure-piped sprinklers. Information 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.

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. NRCS 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.

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:

Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program announced funding available for Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized). This is a competitive funding opportunity for Federally recognized Tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. Closing Date for Applications is September 1st, 2017.  For more information go to FWS.gov.

Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects – Nominations due November 1st, 2017.  The Conservation Alliance seeks to protect threatened wild places throughout North America for their habitat and recreational values. Grants are awarded to registered 501(c)(3) organizations in support of projects designed to secure permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway with clear habitat and recreational benefits.  For more information about this grant, visit their website.

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

Job Announcements for Late July

USGS research vessel collecting bathymetry data at Clear Creek Reservoir, Jacob S. Mohrmann, Colorado Mountain College, June 8, 2016.

USGS research vessel collecting bathymetry data at Clear Creek Reservoir, Jacob S. Mohrmann, Colorado Mountain College, June 8, 2016.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services seeks a Forestry Assistant to perform tasks related to urban forestry and the wildland urban interface. The basic job duties an employee must be able to perform: Participate in the management of an urban forestry program, including hazard and needs assessments. Interact with the public about tree-related concerns and requests. Respond to customer service requests. Perform site inspections for City tree maintenance, hazard tree issues, insect and disease issues, and compliance with City codes pertaining to private trees and shrubs. Input work orders and customer requests into the Cartegraph database. Assist Staff Foresters with various projects including forest restoration, fuels mitigation, and biomass utilization. Click HERE to apply.

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is seeking an experience, enthusiastic and highly motivated professional for the position of Arboreal Inspector with their Office of the City Forester. This is a LIMITED position, with an expected end date of December 31, 2019.  Job description includes performing routine tree risk evaluations of City trees located in the public right-of-way as well as private property trees to mitigate risks associated with structural defects, diseases and pest infestations. Performs tree appraisals to determine monetary value in case of damage resulting from landscaping, street construction, building construction or demolition or other casualty loses. For more information visit www.governmentjobs.com.

The Little Thompson Watershed Coalition is seeking an Assistant Watershed Coordinator to assist where needed and as assigned to assist in LTWC’s mission to lead disaster-related restoration efforts in the Little Thompson Watershed. The Assistant Watershed Coordinator will provide support to the Watershed Coordinator and the Coalition’s efforts particularly in the area of communications, public affairs, community outreach, accounting and administrative tasks. Other responsibilities may include assistance in addressing issues attendant to the watershed, including fire/flood resiliency, ecological health, water quality, wildlife habitat, riparian stability, irrigation and farm production, and surrounding infrastructure where necessary. For more about their organization visit their website at ltwrc.org.

The Highlands Ranch Metro District is seeking a Park Planner for the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department. The Park Planner performs design tasks and planning work, performs project presentations, writing of specifications, and offers field support of new capital projects including parks, trails, parkway landscaping, and renovation projects. The position includes supervision over consultants and contractors and general supervision over seasonal or other section staff as needed or required. The Park Planner provides project management for the construction of District projects, acts as field coordinator and inspector and oversees other assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance. For more information see the Job Announcement.

The Colorado State Forest Service is hiring for:

Click HERE to apply.

At Colorado Parks and Wildlife discover your dream job. Learn about Career Opportunities with Colorado Parks & Wildlife... Biologist, District Wildlife Manager, Fish Hatchery Technician, Park Range, Property Technician, Wildlife Researcher, Youth Conservation Corp. To apply visit their website.

Conferences & Events for Late July

Holding Fish in a net, Division of Wildlife, Tom Lindsay, 12/28/2002

Holding Fish in a net, Division of Wildlife, Tom Lindsay, 12/28/2002

JULY 25th, 2017: Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education (CFWE) and the Special District Association for a special Water Forum focused exclusively on the West Slope.  Entitled “West Slope Water Diplomacy-What Does the Future Hold?,” this dynamic presentation will feature a panel of experts, including former Colorado State Senator Ellen Roberts, Chris Treese from the Colorado River District, and Eric Wilkinson from Northern Water, among others.  These experts will lead a lively discussion on West Slope water diplomacy, water management, future collaborations, and what comes next.  To register click HERE.

JULY 30th, 2017: Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is pleased to announce the San Juan Odyssey Tour – a combination of adventure and education that celebrates their 15th anniversary while exploring the unique treasures found in the San Juan Mountains. This day-long tour will start in Silverton and wind through the San Juans in tour vehicles, giving participants the opportunity to take in stunning panoramic vistas, tumbling waterfalls, cascading creeks, blossoming wildflowers and historic mining ruins. Expert interpretive guides will be on hand to share their knowledge and answer questions about the geology, hydrology, flora, fauna, and history of the area.  Seats are limited and registration closes July 23rd. To register, Contact Priscilla at 970-749-7894 or priscilla@mountainstudies.org to reserve your spot today.  

AUGUST 20th, 2017: Colorado Headwaters Land Trust Annual Event. Join them at the B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm for a fun family-friendly celebration and fundraiser. Yard games will be available for kids and adults! Dinner will be a Buffet by Stone Creek Catering (vegetarian and gluten free options, includes 2 drinks) followed by a cash bar. Paddle Raiser. Live Auction. Silent Auction. Dinner. Games. And More! Register HERE.  

AUGUST 22nd-24th, 2017: The Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting takes place annually, in August, for two and a half days at a Colorado resort location. 
The 2017 conference has been moved from Vail to the Steamboat Grand, and the new dates of the event are August 22 to 24. The high-energy Summer Conference is packed with great topical content. It's a don't miss event for those who wish to stay informed about water issues in Colorado while engaging in numerous professional development activities. For more information and to register click HERE.

AUGUST 26th, 2017: Join the Tamarisk Coalition and local river experts for Raft the River, a fun, educational float trip and dinner along the Colorado River in Fruita, Colorado from 1:00 pm~6:30pm.  This year will have a new floating stretch of river compared to previous years from Rimrock Adventures to the Loma Boat Ramp. This one-day float trip, guided by Rimrock Adventures, will provide you with a “behind the scenes” look at the work being done to rejuvenate the treasured riparian (riverside) area in the Grand Valley.  Register HERE.  

AUGUST 31th, 2017: Join The Greenway Foundation to celebrate the past, present, and future of our urban waterways. This event will host over 250 local leaders in engineering, law, architecture, government entities, water provision, and non-profits at Centennial Gardens. Come learn about all the projects and programs aimed to improve the urban waterways in Metro Denver. Click HERE to register.

SEPTEMBER 18th- 20th, 2017: The COSA steering committee is delighted to announce that the 2017 conference will be held at Beaver Run Resorts in Breckenridge. As information is available, it will be posted on the COSA website.

OCTOBER 3rd-4th, 2017: The EPA Region 8 is hosting a Wetlands Conference to convene federal, state, tribal, and local representatives and NGOs to share information and best practices related to wetlands management. The 2017 conference in Boulder, Colorado will include sessions on stream and wetland restoration; mitigation; monitoring and assessment/mapping; and federal, state, and local level aquatic resource protection. The conference will allow stakeholders to discuss opportunities, hurdles, strategies, and potential solutions associated with protecting aquatic resources in Region 8. The event will facilitate networking, peer-to-peer learning, and collective problem-solving on specific issues, and allow regulators to share updates and learn from stakeholders View the conference webpage here and register here.

OCTOBER 10th-12th, 2017: 2017 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference at the Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO. This highly popular event expands cooperation and collaboration throughout our state for natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement by informing citizen groups, agencies, consultants, and legislators about current issues and through networking opportunities. In 2017, the conference will focus on “Coming Together – the Confluence of Science and Society.”

OCTOBER 26th-28th, 2017: Join the Land Trust Alliance Rally this year in Denver, Colorado,  for a gathering packed with diverse topics to explore and great colleagues and friends to learn and share with. Rally has all of the resources you want to take your conservation skills further. Rally is the Land Trust Alliance's  annual gathering of nearly 2,000 inspired and passionate land conservation practitioners from the US, Canada, South America and beyond, who are dedicated to conserving cherished places in local communities. Registration now open. Learn more

Trainings for Late July

Salmon Spawing,Workers spawn kokanee salmon, Joe Lewandowski, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 10/15/2006

Salmon Spawing,Workers spawn kokanee salmon, Joe Lewandowski, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 10/15/2006

JULY 20th-21st, 2017: Colorado Stormwater Center Workshop: Permanent Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance, Colorado Springs, Colorado: This workshop will educate participants about the importance of proper permanent (water quality) BMP inspection and maintenance, appropriate methods for ensuring BMPs remain in compliance with stormwater regulations and corrective actions when BMPs are found to be in violation. Participants who successfully pass the exit exam receive BMP Inspection and Maintenance Certification from Colorado State University Extension. Cost: $250. View details and register here.

JULY 24th, 2017: CSU Extension Native Plant Master Program is offering a half-day tour of the rushes, sedges and unique wetland and riparian plants of the front range at the Wetland/Riparian Front Range. You will examine the specialized vocabulary and structures used to identify these plants and will share wetland weed management and restoration project successes and failures as you tour to find the plants. To register, please go to https://npm.eventbrite.com.

JULY 26th, 2017: Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar highlighting the interrelationship between agricultural water rights and irrigation efficiency.   The webinar, entitled “Irrigation Efficiency and Consumptive Use: Facts and Myths” will cover basic aspects of ag water rights, as well as how irrigation methods can influence the historic consumptive use of a water right. The webinar speakers are Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources; and Bill Trampe, lifelong Gunnison County rancher and member of the Gunnison River Basin Roundtable. The webinar will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and is free to attend.  Register by emailing erin@coloradocattle.org. about interest.

JUNE - JULY 2017Colorado Foundation for Water Education (CFWE) Water Fluency Training. Register for CFWE's professional development course to boost your water knowledge. Participants learn through site visits; in-person classroom discussions; and online materials, presented with Colorado State University's online water course. Learn more about the course, review the agenda, and register here

AUGUST 2nd - 4th, 2017: The Park Planning and Maintenance Academy (PPMA) is a new school for park and recreation professionals, reinvented, with greater sessions focused on trends and cutting edge park maintenance practices in addition to the fundamentals of park planning. Training will be at the Radisson Hotel, Denver Southeast, 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014. PPMA IS LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE. REGISTER TODAY, swprti.org/PPMA.  

The Center for Watershed Protection's 2017 Webcast Series is open. Register and join them via Adobe Connect for the following sessions: 

September 13th, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, Webcast 4: Stream Restoration: Where are we now? - Register for this webcast!

October 18th, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, Webcast 5: Bringing Better Site Design into The 21st Century - Register for this webcast!  

November 15th, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, Webcast 6: Modeling for Water Quality - Register for this webcast!

SEPTEMBER 26th-27th, 2017Setting Watershed-Scale Priorities in Riparian Restoration Workshop in Grand Junction, Colorado. This workshop is being organized by the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University and hosted by the Hutchins Water Center. Decades of restoration efforts in the Colorado River basin have had varying success. They will review restoration strategies and techniques being pursued in the Colorado River basin and obtain participant feedback on restoration goals, strategies, and techniques. We will introduce decision-support tools useful to implement analytical prioritization strategies in order to refine prioritization tools that help workshop participants increase their effectiveness. Click here to register.

Announcements for Late July

This is Miramonte Reservoir,  DWM Mark Caddy, Division of Wildlife, 9/8/2003

This is Miramonte Reservoir,  DWM Mark Caddy, Division of Wildlife, 9/8/2003

EPA’s Office of Water is planning a Best Practice Webinar on Promoting Preparedness to Protect a Town’s Drinking Water on July 19th at 3:00pm eastern. The presenter will be Jeri Weiss from EPA Region 1, and she will be discussing the Best Practice from our FY 2016 National Water Program Performance, Trends, and Best Practices Report. Region 1 worked with residents of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts and collected stories of the impacts of extreme weather events in their community. They used the stories and visual reminders of past hurricanes to highlight the need to develop an adaptation plan focusing on the threat to the town’s drinking water system from a storm surge inundating its drinking water wells.  Register HERE. 

Forest Plans guide the management of National Forests, and are usually updated every 15-20 years. The Forest Plan for Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests was last revised in 1983, so its time for an update! This June, GMUG kicked off its Plan Revision Process, which needs your informed input. On July 25, the USFS will host a public open house at Lincoln Elementary in Delta. Please join them at the open house to learn about the process and how you can participate. Click HERE for more information.

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has released a suite of materials states and communities can use to protect public health during harmful algal bloom (HAB) outbreaks caused by cyanobacteria. Some blooms are capable of producing toxins, called cyanotoxins, which can harm humans and animals, affect drinking water sources and impact local economies. Public health officials and outdoor water recreational managers can use EPA’s online resources to develop a cyanotoxin monitoring program, communicate potential health risks to the public, and address HAB outbreaks. Go to the EPA website for more information.

Colorado Water Quality Control  Division is seeking your input and participation in a stakeholder process regarding Regulation 84 - Reclaimed Water. Denver Water is proposing modifications to Regulation 84 to allow four new uses. The first meeting is focused on livestock washdown and watering. The process to review proposed uses is a collaborative approach between the Water Quality Control Division, Denver Water and other interested stakeholders. The Water Quality Control Commission rulemaking hearing for the proposed changes to the regulation will be held in August 2018.  A meeting will be on July 18, 2017 (12:30- 3:30 p.m.) at Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St., Room 126 Denver, CO 80206. Meeting materials are available on the reclaimed water stakeholder webpage.

EPA, U.S. Army Move to Rescind 2015 "Waters of the U.S." The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) are proposing a rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining "waters of the United States" or WOTUS. This action would, when finalized, provide certainty in the interim, pending a second rulemaking in which the agencies will engage in a substantive re-evaluation of the definition of "waters of the United States." The proposed rule would be implemented in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance, and longstanding practice.  "We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses," said Administrator Scott Pruitt. "This is the first step in the two-step process to redefine 'waters of the U.S.' and we are committed to moving through this re-evaluation to quickly provide regulatory certainty, in a way that is thoughtful, transparent and collaborative with other agencies and the public." This proposed rule follows the February 28, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." Click HERE for more information.  

Youth and Urban Waters Work: Groundwork’s Approach to Fostering Environmental Careers among Disadvantaged Youth - Youth have been central to Groundwork’s urban waters reclamation efforts. This report details the ways Groundwork youth have engaged with urban waters and reiterates why diversity is essential to future environmental and urban waters work. The report identifies potential environmental/urban waters-related occupations for youth, and provides steps to fill systematic gaps that will allow minority youth to fill green positions. Download a copy of the report here.

US Water Alliance Releases New National Paper on Equitable Water Management - Water challenges are often considered in the context of failing infrastructure or environmental pollution. An Equitable Water Future offers a robust analysis of the often-overlooked human dimension of water management, with a focus on how water can expand opportunity for our nation's most vulnerable people. The report demonstrates how water challenges affect affordability, environmental and social justice, economic development, health, safety, and more. Click here to read the report.

EPA Releases Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement. EPA has produced a guide to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies to promote the use of green infrastructure on park lands. The guide is designed to provide a stepwise approach for building relationships with potential partners, and includes information on how to identify and engage partners, build relationships, involve the community, leverage funding opportunities, and identify green infrastructure opportunities. It includes recommendations on the types of projects that are most likely to attract positive attention and funding, and which provide a wide range of benefits. Case studies illustrate the approaches presented in the guide. These real-life examples portray how partnerships between municipal stormwater agencies and parks departments have improved recreational resources in the community, enhanced environmental protection, and reduced risks and burdens. View the guide HERE.