The Yuma County Conservation District was recently awarded a $25,000 grant to fund rangeland improvement projects in partnership with funds from the Colorado Department of Agriculture through the Colorado State Conservation Board. According to Tanya Fell, YCCD District Manager, “these projects are designed to assist producers with funding to drill additional wells, if water is not available then piping water to those areas, adding stock tanks or refurbishing tanks that include bird ladders, and installing solar powered well pumps with storage tanks to replace traditional pumps.”
Applicants must be in good standing with both the FSA and NRCS. This project is specifically for agricultural uses and not to be used for a domestic well project. Well tests will need to be provided for pipeline projects prior to the project beginning to verify that the well is good and that it will support the proposed project. Once the test confirms that the well is in good standing the size of the pipeline will need to be determined based on the production needs and the possibility of future expansion.
For the solar projects a well test will also need to be provided to determine the amount of water available. This will in turn determine the size of the pump and storage tanks needed and the number of cattle that can be used for rangeland grazing. In the same category, the size and number of tanks needed must be assessed based on the number of head grazing and available water. If tanks do exist, are they in good shape or do they need to be refurbished or replaced.
All projects will be supervised by and completed to NRCS standards and specifications. Projects cannot begin before January 1, 2023 and must be completed by December 30, 2023 to allow adequate time for compliance inspections and final photo documentation.
The maximum amount for each grant is dependent upon the number of participants meeting the criteria to participate. Grants require matching funds amounting to 50% of the grant total. The rangeland improvement project matching grant is non-competitive in nature.
For additional information please contact Tanya Fell at the Yuma County Conservation District at 970-332-3107 ext. 9002. An application and information are also available at https://www.ycconservation.com/cost-share-program.