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RiversEdge West awarded $20k grant from Xcel


RiversEdge West, a local nonprofit focused on riparian restoration and education, announced last week that it received a $20,000 grant from Xcel Energy.

T he grant will go toward the organizations efforts to enhance riparian health, foster community stewardship and expand environmental education initiatives within the Grand Valley, according to a press release.

“Funding from Xcel Energy will be instrumental in supporting our ongoing efforts to protect and restore riparian ecosystems within the Grand Valley,” said Cara Kukuraitis, Director of Development and Communications for RiversEdge West. “Through strategic partnerships and collaborative initiatives, we can ensure the longterm health and vitality of our rivers and the communities they sustain.”

The grant will support various programs and initiatives, including the Desert Rivers Collaborative, Grand Valley River Corridor Initiative, as well as educational initiatives, according to the release.

The Desert Rivers Collaborative consists of a diverse group of stakeholders, including federal, state, municipal, non-profit, corporate and private partners, that are working to restore and protect riparian ecosystems in Delta and Mesa Counties. The Grand Valley River Corridor Initiative is an initiative focused on sustainable planning around the valley’s river corridor.

RiversEdge West’s educational initiatives include the Wellspring Project, classroom programming across D district 51 and stewardship events. “We are grateful to Xcel Energy for their generous support, which will enable us to expand our reach and impact in the Grand Valley,” Kukuraitis said. “Together with our partners and supporters, we are committed to creating resilient and thriving riverside ecosystems for generations to come.”

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