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Colorado to be awarded $19.8 million for watershed protection

Published: April 24, 2013, 10:57 am, by Ryan Handy

Sen. Mark Udall’s office got the news Tuesday that Colorado will receive $19.8 million from the federal government to help with emergency watershed protection.

It’s yet another step forward in the long battle to get Colorado some wildfire recovery money–a battle that started last August, following a devastating fire season, when several of the state’s watersheds were compromised by wildfire. Local and state politicians rallied to the cause, after several setbacks, and in March got Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)  funds included in the continuing resolution.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service gave Colorado the $19 million, which should then be evenly split between communities affected by the High Park and Waldo Canyon fire.

As for when the money will actually reach Colorado, Udall’s office wasn’t sure. Once it gets into the hands of local officials, the money will be allocated to various erosion control and watershed projects throughout El Paso County.

Check out a timeline of the EWP process.