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Yes! A total of 10 new watershed groups have been created through funding through a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

pic 3 These are the new watershed groups created through these grants.

Pic 1How the state envisioned the role of the new watershed coordinator,

pic 2All of the watershed groups in Colorado

 

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A natural stream system remains stable while transporting a wide range of flows and sediment produced in its watershed, maintaining a state of "dynamic equilibrium." Stream restoration is the re-establishment of the general structure, function and self-sustaining behavior of the stream system that existed prior to disturbance. It is a holistic process that requires an understanding of all physical and biological components of the stream system and its watershed. Restoration includes a broad range of measures, including the removal of the watershed disturbances that are causing stream instability; installation of structures and planting of vegetation to protect streambanks and provide habitat; and the reshaping or replacement of unstable stream reaches into appropriately designed functional streams and associated floodplains.

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watershedschedAccording to the EPA, "a watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. John Wesley Powell, scientist geographer, put it best when he said that a watershed is:

"that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community."

Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state, and national boundaries. In the continental US, there are 2,110 watersheds; including Hawaii Alaska, and Puerto Rico, there are 2,267 watersheds."

 

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A Master Plan is a document that describes in detail a long-term scope of a major project. To be a strong master plan, an engineering firm familiar with watersheds and other experts in the field were contracted to create the initial Upper Coal Creek Watershed Restoration Master Plan.

The CCCWP Master Plan will be used as a guide for acquiring grants to take care of the Coal Creek Canyon watershed. Granting agencies will rely on the master plan because it contains information and data from reliable sources.

A master plan is a living document and can be revised as necessary.

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Much of the funding for the CCCWP projects will come mostly from government grants. Here is a quick estimate on how much of your tax dollars goes to the CCCWP projects.

Federal Tax

Assume Federal Revenue is about $6 trillion (guesstimated)

Assume $0.5 million in grants is awarded.

For every $10,000 in Federal tax that you pay, 0.1¢ will go toward the CCCWP. 

State and Local Tax

Assume State and Local Revenue is about $47.1 billion (guesstimated)

Assume $0.5 million in grants is awarded.

For every $500 in State and Local tax that you pay, ½¢ will go toward the CCCWP.