Landowner Toolkit Grant Project

“Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group (LWOG) has been awarded a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Resilience Planning Program. This grant has been awarded to develop a handbook/manual, stream stewardship and/or management plans, and outreach/education program that will support landowners with stream stewardship activities (or Best Management Practices). We are excited to be working in partnership with the Saint Vrain Creek, the Big Thompson Watershed and the Little Thompson Watershed Coalitions.”

From the RFP: This handbook/manual, stream stewardship and/or management plans, and educational outreach will be used to establish regional approaches that support private landowners with implementing best management practices (BMPs) on their creek-side properties.

BMPs will relate to improving and/or protecting flood capacity, water quality, and habitat and also focus on reducing soil erosion and sedimentation. This project will be primarily based in the Left Hand Creek, Saint Vrain, Big Thompson, and Little Thompson watersheds but will benefit the larger community as program materials and research generated could be used across the flood-affected watersheds in Colorado.

The project will include local demonstration sites and will build off of existing handbooks, manuals, and resources to develop a landowner BMP manual that can help guide landowners to implement the appropriate stream stewardship techniques including weed control, native plant revegetation, storm water swales or basins, energy dissipaters, cattle water access, landowner creek access, and more.

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