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State Grants $500,000 to Improve Water Quality; $100K to Otero County


This year, seven entities across the state will receive $525,185 in grant funds for projects aimed to improve water quality. Projects must be focused in one of three areas: stormwater management training, projects that improve water quality where there’s been a violation, and the planning and/or construction of stormwater or wastewater improvement projects. Government agencies, publicly owned water systems and nonprofit water systems, watershed groups, stormwater program administrators, training providers, and private landowners were eligible to apply.

The grants are an important assistance tool to communities working to improve water quality in their local area. Small and/or economically challenged communities are given priority for the funds.

Colorado Water Quality Improvement Fund Projects (Fiscal Year 2017)



Stormwater management training

Associated General Contractors of Colorado


Colorado State University / Stormwater Center


Projects to improve water quality in the community or a water body

affected by a water quality violation

City of Steamboat Springs, Stormwater

Routt County


Projects to plan, design, construct or repair stormwater projects and/or

 domestic wastewater treatment facilities

North La Junta Sanitation District

Otero County


Center Sanitation District

Saguache / Rio Grande counties


Galeton Water and Sanitation District

Weld County


Widefield Water and Sanitation District

El Paso County




Funds for these projects come from water quality violations and penalties (Section 25-8-608, C.R.S., of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and HB 11-1026).