UCRWG Vision and Mission

What is UCRWG


UCRWG stands for the Upper Colorado River Watershed Group. We are a small team of passionate and committed people who are serving as facilitators for the creation of a watershed resiliency plan in Grand County, Colorado and a local supporting organization for individuals, community groups, municipalities, businesses, land owners and nonprofits concerned with the state of our watershed. We are focused on connecting current efforts and ideas, not about creating new ones.

This facilitation process began in Fall of 2016 through a series of community meetings in Grand County, free and open to the public. These meetings helped identify the main concerns and priorities of the community, as well as citizens who would be interested in participating in the creation of a Grand County watershed group that will live on after this initial effort is done. You can see photo recaps of these community meetings on our blog.

How is UCRWG Funded?

We are currently funded by a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART grant.  Taken from the agreement:  “The U.S. Department of Interior’s (Department) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide Federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water; integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources; forming strong diverse partnerships with States, tribes and local entities; and coordinating with other Department bureaus and offices on water conservation activities.

The Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) contributes to the WaterSMART strategy by providing funding to watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs.  The purpose of the CWMP is to improve water quality and ecological resilience, conserve water, and reduce conflicts over water through collaborative conservation efforts in the management of local watersheds.”

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