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Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Colorado Water Trust

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Recently, El Pomar Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

This year’s winner of the Robert V. Menary Award for Excellence in Environmental Issues is the Colorado Water Trust.  Formed in 2001 to support and promote voluntary efforts to protect and restore the state’s streamflows, the Colorado Water Trust is the only organization working statewide to transact water deals for conservation benefits.

Colorado Water Trust achieves its mission through three primary activities: the acquisition of water rights from willing sellers for in-stream flow use; water conservation through physical and structural solutions; and technical support for land trusts including analysis of water rights and support for water-related conservation. The Trust has had numerous acquisition successes including projects on the Roaring Fork River, Blue River, and Hat Creek in Eagle County.

“We can sit down at the table with irrigators, oil and gas, with anyone in the state, and craft a water deal that can make a difference in someone’s local environment,” said Christine Hartman, CWT’s operations and communications coordinator.

Want to learn more about the Colorado Water Trust? Watch the video below and check out their website!