Xcel Energy Foundation Continues Support for River Restoration

Tamarisk Coalition
August 1st, 2017


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Xcel Energy Foundation Continues Support for River Restoration 
Tamarisk Coalition receives $20,000 grant for Desert Rivers Collaborative & Cross Watershed Network
August 1, 2017
Grand Junction, CO - Tamarisk Coalition, a regional nonprofit focused on the restoration of riverside lands impacted by invasive plants, announced today it has received a $20,000 grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation to supports its continued leadership and coordination of the Desert Rivers Collaborative and the Cross Watershed Network. This year marks the Tamarisk Coalition’s sixth year of sustained support from Xcel Energy Foundation.
“Xcel Energy Foundation has been an incredible partner for the Desert Rivers Collaborative,” said Shannon Hatch, coordinator for the Grand Valley-based, multi-stakeholder partnership that focuses on restoration of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. “This funding enables us to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to land managers and landowners striving to improve riverside lands impacted by tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive plants that degrade rivers for humans and wildlife alike.” Partners are currently working across the Grand Valley, including work at the Connected Lakes section of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park and on targeted private lands parcels. Plans are currently underway to expand work along the Gunnison River.
Funding will also be used to support the Cross-Watershed Network (XWN), a peer-to-peer learning network that connects river stewards across the western United States.  Xcel Energy Foundation’s support will support training activities in western Colorado, including “cross-visits” between the Desert Rivers Collaborative and neighboring watershed partnership groups working to address similar issues. Lindsay Murdoch, the Program Coordinator, said that these events are instrumental to improving the collective knowledge base of restoration practitioners. “There are some techniques that can only really be learned through hands-on guidance in the field, and as an added bonus, spending the day with peers helps participants build relationships that continue to benefit their projects for years to come”. XWN is currently organizing a cross-visit to connect river managers working along the Middle Colorado and Dolores Rivers for late September.
Tamarisk Coalition is a Grand Junction based 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to the restoration of riparian lands through education, collaboration, and technical assistance.
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability, and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: STEM education; environmental stewardship; economic sustainability; and access to arts and culture.

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