The Lower Gunnison Project or “LGP” is a cooperative agricultural water use efficiency project taking place in four primary Focus Areas of the Lower Gunnison Basin as part of a federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project entitled, “Modernizing Agricultural Water Management in the Lower Gunnison River Basin: A Cooperative Approach to Increased Water Efficiency and Water Quality Improvement.”
Founded on the ‘grand vision’ of local agricultural producers and irrigation water providers, this combined $50MM effort focuses on increasing water use efficiency, agricultural productivity, and sustainability by integrating and coordinating modernized conveyance systems with upgraded on-farm high efficiency irrigation application systems.
A description and a electronic version of the Draft Plan-EA is available on the NRCS project website:
Additionally, hardcopies of the Draft Plan-EA are available at: Montrose Regional Library, 320 S 2nd Street, Montrose, Colorado 81401 and Paonia Public Library, 80 Samuel Wade Road, Paonia, Colorado 81428.
Click here for a direct download (large PDF):
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the objectives of this local effort?
To address water resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison River Basin including a.) insufficient water, b.) water-quality degradation, c.) soil-quality degradation and d.) inadequate habitat for fish and wildlife and to ensure the sustainability of local agriculture.
What activities are to occur and where is the focus of this project in the Lower Gunnison Basin?
Activities include improving and modernizing irrigation delivery systems, upgrading on-farm application systems, improving irrigation water management and irrigation systems, implementing soil health practices and developing conservation activity plans. These improvement efforts must be located within LGP RCPP Map located within the Lower Gunnison Basin
- North Fork Water Conservancy District
- Crawford Water Conservancy District
- Bostwick Park Water Conservancy Districts
- Uncompahgre Project operated by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association
Who are the Partners?
The LGP RCPP project is being led by the Co River District and is composed of a diverse group of 30 local, state, regional and federal partners including No Chico Brush (local, farmer-led agricultural association), Crawford, Bostwick and North Fork Water Conservancy Districts, Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, Gunnison Basin Selenium Task Force, Delta and Shavano Conservation Districts, Montrose and Delta Natural Resources Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy, and other non-profit and for-profit entities. It is funded in part by the USDA-NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
How can LGP help me?
If you are interested in upgrading your off-farm irrigation delivery system or converting to a high efficiency on-farm irrigation system and you are located within our focus areas, we may be able to help.
More about Our Partners & Funding Opportunities:
LGP partners have secured $8 million in federal funding to leverage at least $42MM of other partner funding to help implement on– and off-farm irrigation efficiency best management practices and are assisting agricultural producers in the area to become more productive by upgrading irrigation systems (e.g., piping and lining ditches, and installing sprinklers, drip systems, and/or other micro-irrigation systems) and helping with conservation planning, irrigation water management and improved soil health practices. For more information about LGP RCPP funding opportunities click here.