Grant Received for Local Watershed Group!

February 23rd, 2015
Shannon Hatch, DRC Coordinator
Tamarisk Coalition
(970) 256 7400


Thanks to the Jared Polis Foundation and Xcel Energy, the Tamarisk Coalition recently received additional grant funding to support its leadership and facilitation of the Desert Rivers Collaborative (DRC), a local watershed group formed to protect, restore, and maintain native river corridor habitat in Mesa and Delta counties. 

Formed in 2012, the DRC strives to balance the urban, agricultural, and recreational uses of local river systems while promoting the protection and stewardship of our region’s riparian areas through an informed and engaged public. By increasing the health and resiliency of our region’s riparian areas, the DRC is working to improve river function, soil conditions, and water quality; reduce wildfire risk; and protect, restore, and maintain habitat for fish and wildlife species -  all while bettering the recreational and educational experiences and opportunities for local residents and visitors.

If you have driven up Monument Road, visited Connected Lakes, taken a stroll at Walter Walker, or checked out the pollinator garden at Watson Island, you’ve likely seen the DRC and its partner organizations hard at work restoring riparian areas through the removal of invasive species, such as tamarisk and Russian olive. While many partners are in the initial phases of treatment, restoration with native plant species is a priority for each project.

Jared Polis Foundation and Xcel Energy funds provide critical capacity funding to sustain TC’s services and perspectives, both of which our partners rely on as they continue to undertake restoration projects on their lands and adjacent properties. Xcel Energy also contributed funding to further TC’s Riparian Restoration Training Series. A 2015 Weed Identification Field Training is currently in development for the spring. Please visit the Tamarisk Coalition website to learn more details as they become available.

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.

The Jared Polis Foundation, established in 2000, is a private operating foundation that runs programs focused on schools and teachers across Colorado. The Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund, a donor-advised fund located at The Community Foundation of Boulder County, supports access to high quality education, access to health care, environmental protection and awareness, and diverse and health communities.   


 For more information about the Tamarisk Coalition or the Desert Rivers Collaborative, please contact Shannon Hatch at 970 -256-7400 or at    

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