USDA emergency assistance can cover drought-related issues


USDA emergency assistance can cover drought-related issues

As drought continues to become an increasing concern around the state, CML is working to ensure members are aware of possible means of assistance for drought-related emergencies.

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants are available from USDA for municipalities and other entities under 10,000 population that meet other certain criteria. Funding limits are between $150,000 or $500,000 and are intended to “assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act."

CML is a member of the Municipal Drought Impact Task Force, which is co-chaired by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Department of Local Affairs Division of Local Government. The task force was recently activated by proclamation of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Its purpose is to assess pending and current drought impacts on municipal water supply and public health, and to recommend and implement mitigation and response actions. Findings and recommendations of this task force facilitate effective response capabilities, as well as providing documentation for any emergency declaration.

For more information, contact Kevin Bommer, CML deputy director.