Reclamation awards grants to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for management, operation and maintenance and aquatic nuisance species prevention at seven parks in Western Colorado

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625, jliff@usbr.gov
Melissa Werkmeister, 970-248-0636, mwerkmeister@usbr.gov

For Release: November 08, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded two grants to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for seven state parks in Western Colorado owned by Reclamation. The first is a $3.065 million management, operation and maintenance grant and the second is a $776,182 aquatic nuisance species prevention grant. The grants will be used at Rifle Gap, Vega, Crawford, Paonia, Ridgway, Mancos/Jackson Gulch and Navajo.

The grants are part of a 50/50 cost share that will provide for continued management, operation and maintenance and aquatic nuisance species prevention from October 2018 to September 2023. Activities covered by these grants include: park administration, public safety, law enforcement, park operations, custodial services, grounds maintenance, aquatic nuisance and invasive species inspections, boat inspections and vessel decontaminations.

“Since 1994 Colorado Parks and Wildlife has done an impressive job of managing the seven state parks, creating a place where people enjoy visiting and recreating. The grant for aquatic nuisance species, in particular quagga and zebra mussels, will go a long way to prevent the spread of mussels in Western Colorado.” said Ed Warner, Area Manager for the Western Colorado Area Office. “Local communities also benefit economically from the associated recreation opportunities provided at each reservoir”.

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