06-13-17 Colorado Federal Legislators Introduce Small Hydro Legislation

Colorado Federal Legislators Introduce Small Hydro Legislation

Earlier today, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner introduced legislation, the RIVER Act, to reauthorize an existing Department of Energy program which provides funding to new hydro projects built using existing dams and conduits.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO), along with U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC) introduced legislation to cut in half (from 60 to 30 days) the federal review time required for energy recovery hydropower, projects built using existing water supply conduits (pipelines and canals).   The legislation builds upon Rep. DeGette’s pioneering 2013 streamlining reform legislation, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, which spawned creation of the energy recovery hydropower industry.

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06-13-17 Bennet, Gardner Announce Grant for San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition

Bennet, Gardner Announce Grant for San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition

USDA Grant Will Advance Farm to School Programs

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) today announced that the San Luis Valley (SLV) Local Foods Coalition will receive $99,866 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund farm to school programs in the SLV’s fourteen rural districts. This grant is part of a $5 million USDA investment to advance farm to school partnerships across the country.

“Farm to school programs enrich our rural communities, providing healthy food to students while boosting Colorado’s local agriculture economy,”Bennet said. “USDA’s investment in these programs recognizes healthy food as a critical element of student success. We congratulate the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition on receiving this grant, which will fund efforts to connect even more rural schools with local farms.”

“The San Luis Valley understands the impact of local agriculture,” Gardner said. “I’m confident this award will further that connection between students and agriculture by providing children with a healthy lunch option sourced from local producers.” Continue reading



WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017 The National Association of Conservation Districts submitted detailed feedback today on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan to reorganize. Among NACD’s chief concerns with the reorganization is how it may affect the millions of American landowners that rely on technical assistance and conservation planning provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts.

“In its current configuration, USDA has successfully engaged producers and landowners nationwide to identify and address their local natural resource concerns,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “We do not want to see the reorganization undermine this work or reduce capacity at NRCS.”

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