Watershed Fire Recovery

Rebuilding After Fires

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. 

Northern Water and Grand County have launched a new website for the Grand County Watershed Recovery efforts at www.gcwatershedrecovery.com. This website is the work of six critical partners, as well as more than 40 other federal, state and local organizations who are working to ensure the most efficient and effective coordination of emergency watershed restoration efforts in areas of Grand County affected by the East Troublesome Fire. This website will include the latest updates on the recovery efforts.

Grand County Watershed Recovery Website