Water Resource Management
Fire and Watershed Recovery
Landowners affected by the 2020 wildfire season should attend two webinars being offered by Colorado State University Extension.
Free to attend, but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a link to join the webinar. Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuciqrDwoGNO1UPpruiOf_BGM_FVre_IK
1) February 18, 2021, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Reseeding Following Wildfire. John Giordanengo, AloTerra Restoration Services. Topics: The goals of seeding after a fire; reseeding methods; recommended seed mix; where seeding is not necessary; soil amendments are rarely needed after a fire; soil surface protection (mulch, erosion control blankets and other erosion control methods); and erosion control measures for gullies, swales, and very steep slopes.
2) February 25, 2021, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Trees & Forest Health: Considerations for Planting Seedling Trees after Wildfire. Mike Hughes, Colorado State Forest Service. Topic: Is my scorched tree dead? Where, what and when to plant seedling trees.
For more information on fire and watershed recovery please visit our fire page.
Water Resources work is conducted by members of the County Manager’s Office, including the Assistant County Manager and Grand County’s Water Quality Specialist.
The team works on policy and science issues involving water quality and quantity in Grand County to ensure that adequate supplies of high-quality water are available for all uses in the County, from recreation to municipal, and from environmental to agricultural.
Activities include representation and advocacy for Grand County and West Slope water interests including negotiation of important agreements such as:
- The Colorado River Cooperative Agreement,
- Habitat restoration projects like the Colorado River Headwaters Project to take Windy Gap Reservoir off of the main-stem of the Colorado River channel,
- Other activities to restore habitat connectivity between the Colorado River below the reservoir, and the Fraser and Colorado Rivers above the reservoir.
- Participation in the public comment process on state permits and water quality standards,
- Working with stakeholders to improve Grand Lake clarity,
- Active participation in Grand Lake adaptive management,
- Implementation of the Grand County Stream Management Plan, and
- Managing water quality monitoring programs.
County staff members participate at every level in Learning By Doing committees, including the executive, operations, technical and monitoring committees. We work to adaptively manage environmental flows when available, and to identify and execute restoration opportunities. Similarly, county staff are engaged in the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group, the Grand County Water Information Network, and the East Grand Water Quality Board.
County staff also work to ensure compliance with 1041 permits, including the Windy Gap 1041 permit, and other negotiated agreements, including the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement.
Grand County needs your help! You can help keep our communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. SKYWARN volunteer storm spotters are part of the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather and assist with an early warning system.
To become a SKYWARN VOLUNTEER click here for more information. Training is FREE and open to the public. You can become a certified Skywarn severe weather spotter by attending a virtual training.