About the Grand County Watershed Recovery

The Grand County Board of Commissioners and the Northern Water Board of Directors have agreed to be sponsors for the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program for the East Troublesome Fire recovery effort. 

The EWP Program is a federal program managed by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement watershed protection projects that mitigate risks to life and property caused by sudden watershed impairments such as post-fire flooding, sediment or debris. This program identifies projects that, if implemented, may prevent or minimize future loss. By federal law, all local projects that receive EWP funding must have a local sponsor to administer the program. 

As sponsors, Grand County and Northern Water will work with Middle Park Conservation District, the Three Lakes Watershed Association, NRCS and the Colorado River District (EWP Partners) to prioritize and implement EWP projects. The EWP Partners are also collaborating with more than 40 other federal, state and local organizations, to ensure the most efficient and effective implementation of emergency watershed restoration recovery efforts in areas of Grand County affected by the East Troublesome Fire of October 2020. 

Grand County Watershed Recovery Overview Brochure

Several partners also have information on their organizational websites about fire recovery which can be accessed from the links below.