We recognize that water is the lifeblood of our region, essential for sustaining agriculture, natural ecosystems, and our communities. Our dedication to water conservation reflects our deep understanding of its critical role in maintaining the health and vitality of Western Colorado’s landscapes. Through strategic partnerships and innovative conservation efforts, we work tirelessly to protect water resources, ensuring they remain available for future generations. Whether it’s preserving irrigated farmland, safeguarding riparian habitats, or promoting sustainable water management practices, CWLT is committed to securing a resilient and sustainable water future for all.

Green Valley Ranch Estates Water Conservation Project

In a significant water conservation effort, local landowner Jim McCurter has partnered with us to protect 320 acres in the Mack area from future development. This conservation easement ensures that the water rights will forever remain with the land, preserving the region’s vital water resources. McCurter, who bought the property in 2021, recognized the abundant waterfowl activity and sought to enhance the habitat while securing water availability for agricultural and ecological purposes. He filed for additional water rights, constructed seven shallow ponds fed by stream diversions, and planted food and cover to attract birds and other wildlife. These ponds support irrigation, stock watering, fire protection, and recreational hunting. The conservation easement ensures the property’s water resources will continue to sustain local agriculture and wildlife, maintaining the Grand Valley’s agricultural economy and natural habitat. This project underscores the critical importance of keeping water rights with the land to benefit future generations.

Enhancing Wetlands Through Restoration and Resiliency

Colorado West Land Trust’s Restoration and Resiliency Program helps landowners restore wetlands using innovative techniques like beaver dam analogs and Zuni bowls. Beaver Dam Analogs mimic natural beaver activity to slow water flow, increase retention, and create beneficial ponds. Zuni Bowls stabilize erosion-prone areas, slow runoff, and promote sediment deposition to restore native vegetation.

These methods improve groundwater recharge, enhance ecosystem resilience, and support biodiversity. CWLT provides technical assistance and resources to ensure successful and sustainable wetland restoration, preserving these vital ecosystems.

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