03.03.16

Gardner Presses for Funding Increase for Republican River Conservation Project in Colorado

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack requesting an increase in the irrigation rental rate for the Republican River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) in Colorado, which promotes conservation in the region. Increasing the rate has widespread support in the state from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Republican River Water Conservation District. Senator Gardner believes the program in Colorado must be on equal footing with a similar project in Nebraska.

The letter reads in full:

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me on February 4th surrounding the irrigation rental rate for the Republican River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) in Colorado. I write today to formally request that United States Department of Agriculture increase the irrigation rental rate for the Republican River CREP. 

Despite being located within the same watershed as Nebraska, the Republican River CREP’s rental rate of $115 in Colorado is $100 less than the rental rate just across the border. This inequity is negatively impacting the Republican River Water Conservation District’s ability to utilize the program. 

I believe it is important that we work together to find a solution to this disparity. Increasing participation in the CREP allows farmers and ranchers throughout Eastern Colorado to conserve both land and water. This cannot be accomplished without a more equitable irrigation rental rate for the Republican River CREP. 

Thank you for your consideration of this request. I look forward to your response.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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