Montrose, COLO.—Montrose County announces added funding for the 2024 Turf Replacement Program to help conserve water, one of the community’s most valuable resources. This year, Montrose County, the City of Montrose, the State of Colorado, Department of Natural Resources, and Colorado Water Conservation Board have all contributed to help increase overall funding that is available for projects.
Inspired by House Bill 22-1151, the county budgeted for and created a Turf Replacement Rebate Program in 2023. The bill was sponsored by local Colorado State Representative, Marc Catlin, and is intended to incentivize landowners to develop water-wise landscapes. While there were several applicants in 2023, only five projects were selected due to the limited budget. This year, officials are hopeful 15 projects will be selected to move forward with the increased funding available. This program is available to all homeowners in Montrose County.
“We had a great first year of this program and I'm looking forward to seeing expanded results," said Commissioner Sue Hansen. “Water-wise landscaping is important for helping keep water in the river for agricultural and potable uses. Looking holistically at water conservation, every little bit helps. Converting water-thirsty landscaping to more native plants and grasses is a small move that can make a big difference in the long run."
The program reimburses approved landowners for up to $2,000 in project costs and as much as $2.00 per square foot to replace turf. There is limited funding available, and a competitive award process will reimburse plans that best accomplish the criteria. The application deadline is March 1, 2024. Applicants selected will have 30 days to submit a full landscaping plan along with the required paperwork. It is important that projects help showcase the beauty of landscaping that is well-adapted to Western Colorado climate as well as water-wise landscaping. To learn more about the criteria and to apply, please visit the project page.