Check out these important Spring 2021 updates!
Below is a list of some East Troublesome Fire resources, opportunities, and information that you may or may not be aware of….
1) GCEmergency.com: Grand County Office of Emergency Management OEM) has revamped their www.gcemergency.com website with new buttons, links, and features. It is definitely worth a visit.
2) Flood Ready Guides: OEM has also recently created a new “Flood Ready”guide that provides all kinds of handy info on potential for flooding after wildfire.This guide can be found at www.co.grand.co.us/
3) Weather Radios: Grand County Office of Emergency Management is offering free NOAA Weather Radios to anyone who would like one. Weather radios provide a more reliable way to ensure residents receive important weather information. Anyone interested in receiving a radio can send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Sand Bags: Next week (week of 5/3/21), the Grand County Road and Bridge Department will be staging pallets of bags at the Grand Lake ball fields and at the Granby shop, 467 E. Topaz Ave. Property owners are encouraged to take only as many sandbags as they need, and they should be prepared to lift and carry bags, which weigh about 50 pounds each, themselves. Staff will not be onsite to assist citizens with loading.
5) Well Owner Survey: The Division of Water Resources is aware that well owners/users may be interested in temporarily using their wells for outside irrigation to re-establish trees and vegetation on their property as a part of restoration efforts resulting from the East Troublesome Fire. Unfortunately, this temporary outside irrigation use may not be legal in some instances depending on the permitted use(s) of the well. Accordingly, the Division of Water Resources is assessing the interest in a substitute water supply plan that would allow participating wells within the East Troublesome Fire burn area to be temporarily re-permitted to legally allow irrigation use. PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY (https://forms.gle/
tcJhEbBvhPdUDCjr9) BY MAY 16, 2021. Complete NOTICE to Well Owners is attached.
6) EWP Watershed Recovery: Grand County, Northern Water, the Middle Park Conservation District, Three Lakes Watershed Association, Colorado River District, and the USDA-NRCS are all working collaboratively on watershed recovery and restoration. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) has been approved by the National Headquarters of the USDA-NRCS, and prioritization/planning of projects to be done is currently underway. For more information on that program, visit www.GCwatershedrecovery.com. If there is a planned project that would impact or involve your property, someone from Grand County or Northern Water will reach out to you.
7) CoCoRaHS Rain Gauges: The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is offering a free rain gauge to anyone living in or near a recently affected wildfire area. There are no requirements, commitments or contracts; however, volunteers are asked to do their best to report their 24-hour precipitation amount each day. Learn more about CoCoRaHS here.
8) Grand County Wildfire Council: The Grand County Wildfire Council is currently working very diligently to acquire additional grant funds for both post-fire recovery and pre-fire mitigation. Furthermore, they have already scheduled their annual FREE Community Chipping Days, funded by the Grand Foundation, for this summer. Check out their website at www.bewildfireready.org.
9) MPCD Recovery Page: Many of you are already aware of our Recovery Page, but in case you didn’t know, the Middle Park Conservation District also has an ETF Page: www.middleparkcd.com/
Check out our Spring 2021 Newsletter. Lots of great info and articles.
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