Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Funding (WIIN): Florida River Wildfire Reduction Project
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) funding made possible a grant that CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment) is distributing for ecosystem management and forest restoration to reduce impacts to the Florida Watershed. Funding will prioritize lives and property, drinking water supply and quality, and forest-watershed values.
Funds are available to private landowners within in the mapped program area who complete a free home wildfire risk assessment and hire a contractor to complete wildfire mitigation on their parcel. Once mitigation is completed, the program may reimburse the homeowner up to 50% of the project. * fulfillment of program eligibility requirements apply.
Homeowners can participate by signing up for a Home Wildfire Risk Assessment and letting your Assessor know that you would like to participate in the WIIN grant.
Are you curious what recommendations you might receive? Learn about Colorado State Forest Service guidelines here and see grant guidelines here. Take a property tour with your Assessors and learn how to reduce your wildfire risk. Sign up for an assessment.
Ready to hire someone to complete your wildfire mitigation? Colorado State Forest Service provides a contractor list. See which contractors have participated in the program to-date.
Are you a contractor interested in being involved with preparing our community for wildfire and protecting our valuable watershed? Learn program details here.
Thank you to Durango Fire Protection District, EPA and CDPHE for making this grant possible.
Forest restoration projects not only protect water from sedimentation and debris, but also improve forest health and habitat, decrease firefighting costs, and reduce home loss and infrastructure damage. Our goal is to accelerate forest restoration to reduce the threat of severe wildfire, with your assistance, and with collaboratives across our county. Mountain Studies Institute will be installing a water monitoring system on the Florida River.
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