August 13, 2022

Tune in to the West Rim Water Use Virtual Workshop Wednesday, June 29

The Colorado River flows through the Grand Valley near Grand Junction. The Colorado River Water Conservation District is hosting a virtual lunchtime workshop on Wednesday, June 29 to help West Slope water users successfully navigate the funding opportunities provided by the Bipartisan Law on infrastructure
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“How to Make It Rain When It’s Not Raining – Funding Your West Slope Water Project” is the next Zoom installment in Colorado River District’s popular Water With Your Lunch series.

The virtual lunchtime workshop will take place on Wednesday, June 29. The goal of the workshop is to help West Slope water users successfully navigate the funding opportunities provided by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. An interdisciplinary team of River District staff members will present information on specific funding categories as well as procedures for creating a successful federal grant application.

The virtual workplace will take place from noon to 1:15 p.m. To register for the zoom event, please visit

“We know that the average water user doesn’t have time to read every page of this law to find out how to get their project funded,” said Raquel Flinker, Senior Water Resources Specialist. “We have already done much of this work and look forward to the opportunity to guide people and answer their questions.”

In addition to an overview of federal funding categories, River District staff will also present the recently established Community Funding Partnership Accelerator Grant. This is a special funding opportunity designed to support grant writing, feasibility, design, preliminary environmental review, benefits analysis, and engineering needed to complete applications for federal funding. The deadline for this round of grants is August 1.

“Our goal with the Accelerator Grants is to help West Slope water users create competitive applications for these great federal funding opportunities,” said Amy Moyer, Director of Strategic Partnerships. “The resources are there, and we want to make sure the money goes to the communities that need it here in our district.”

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