Chris Sturm
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Invasive Phreatophyte Control Program Grants

What is the Invasive Phreatophyte Control Grant Program? 
The IPCP grant program is intended to provide cost share assistance to eligible entities to control and/or eradicate tamarisk (also known as salt cedar), Russian olive, or other riparian invasive phreatophytes that have degraded the state’s riparian areas, restricted channel capacity thereby increasing flood risk, and resulted in increased non-beneficial consumptive use of water. IPCP also incorporates funding for riparian re-vegetation/restoration after invasive removal.
The CWCB has had substantial involvement in developing a well planned strategy to solve Colorado’s invasive phreatophyte problem. House Bill 15-1006, signed by the Governor on May 15, 2015, appropriates funding for the Invasive Phreatophyte Control Program.  

Who can apply for a Grant?
State of Colorado departments and agencies, local governments, conservation and water conservancy districts, weed management districts, established non-profit organizations, watershed coalitions, private individuals, and Colorado’s two Ute Tribes are eligible. Federal agencies are not eligible to receive grant funds, however, projects may be conducted on federal lands with appropriate permissions and under the sponsorship of an eligible entity. Partnership projects that include treatment of private lands and which cross jurisdictional boundaries in a coordinated manner to promote a comprehensive watershed approach are encouraged.

How do I apply for a Grant?
  1. Review the Invasive Phreatophyte Control Program Guidance Document
  2. Contact Chris Sturm to discuss potential grant applications.
  3. Submit an Application, including all attachments, via email as one file to: Chris Sturm.
    Applications may also be mailed to:
        Colorado Water Conservation Board
        Attn: Chris Sturm
        1313 Sherman St., Rm. 718
        Denver, CO 80203
Example Projects
Project Description Supporting Documents
Curry Easement Woody Invasive Removal for the West Side of the N. Fork of the Gunnison River Delta Conservation District received a $41,500 grant to remove invasive tamarisk and Russian olive species in 60 land parcels along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. This work included the mechanical and chemical removal of the invasive species, as well as two public education and outreach sessions.



All Funded Projects