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Audubon of the Rockies’ Habitat Hero (https://bit.
ly/2UWxxfE) and WaterSense New Homes Certification
(https://bit.ly/2LcEeKl). Some might simply
plan to upgrade their irrigation systems and management
while teaching their users how water is
applied differently to the landscape.
So far, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding
this new program. Northern Colorado water
providers and users face increasing demands and
diverse challenges. These grants can serve as an
important tool in helping local entities be even
more efficient with their resources, while also beautifying
communities and showcasing the benefits of
different landscape approaches to the public.
The application deadline for 2019’s grant program
was February 15. Applicants were notified by March
15 and are asked to have landscape projects completed
by October 30. A 50 percent match will be
required of the applicants, which can be met with
cash and/or in-kind labor contributions.
To qualify, landscapes must be at least 500 square
feet, although smaller projects may be considered
if they offer unique public education opportunities.
These projects must also be designed to use
substantially less water than traditional landscapes and include
at least 50 percent plant coverage once the plants are mature.
Project updates are required with a sign-off by Northern Water
before payment is issued.
Because it is a pilot program, Northern Water will work with
grant recipients to find success with these projects, because retrofits
can present unforeseen challenges.
Northern Water sees this new opportunity as a win-win for
many parties. Municipalities and large customers benefit
from the program by supporting informed, real-world projects
that demonstrate before-and-after landscape transitions
that achieve multiple benefits. These can serve as case studies
about the diverse water management challenges among
residents and property owners of those municipalities, and
opportunities to address them. Participants get assistance on
strategies and changes to implement landscape upgrades that
improve their property while serving as an educational venue,
and the water efficiency industry gains valuable examples of
Additional details about this grant opportunity, along with
an application, can be found at www.northernwater.org/
Frank Kinder is the Water Efficiency Program
Manager at Northern Water, based in Berthoud,