Friday, July 19, 2013

Colorado's Waters to Receive $14.7 million

Map shows Colorado River water delivery.
Photo Courtesy of DOI, Bureau of Reclamation
Colorado's Water Quality Control Commission recently issued new regulations reducing the amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus allowed in the state's water. These new standards were designed to improve the health of Colorado's water, but have also created burdensome compliance costs for many small communities.

However, Governor Hickenlooper announced today that Colorado wastewater systems have been awarded $14.7 million in state grant money to assist in systematic improvements. The Nutrients Grant Program will help fund planning and construction of the improvements necessary to meet water quality standards.

Hickenlooper stated, “This grant funding will help communities offset the costs of bringing their systems into compliance. In addition, the grants announced today will help ensure safe and healthy water for wildlife, agriculture, recreation and drinking water purposes.”

The authority for the Nutrients Grant Program came from HB13-1191, “Nutrient Grant Domestic Waste-water Treatment Plant.” The grant is a one-time source of funds, but Hickenlooper shared his hopes that the state can continue to help municipalities comply with water quality standards.

Conservation Colorado has issued a statement together with San Juan Citizens Alliance, Colorado Trout Unlimited and others, stating, “We are excited to join Governor Hickenlooper today to announce the awarding of grants to help domestic wastewater treatment plants address the serious problem of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in our streams and rivers. By awarding these grants, Governor Hickenlooper and the Colorado State Legislature continue their commitment to protecting water quality and healthy flows."

Angelica Oman
Graduate Program Assistant