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RG Roundtable funds acequia project

Posted: Thursday, Nov 14th, 2013

Acequia del Cerro Courier photo by Lauren Krizansky

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — Water leaders on Tuesday unanimously approved $100,000 for an acequia rehabilitation project near San Luis.

Rio Grande Interbasin Roundtable Chairman Mike Gibson explained that Acequia del Cerro’s application originally included a $400,000 request for funding administered statewide through the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Each river basin receives an allotment to distribute, as well, and that is where the $100,000 will come from. Gibson said the criteria for the state-administered funds have changed so this project no longer fit the criteria. Statewide funds can only be distributed to projects with statewide benefit now, he explained.

The local water leaders comprising the roundtable board have discretion over how they spend money allocated from the state to the basin account, however, so the group voted to provide $100,000 locally for the acequia project.

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