The Rocky Mountain Arsenal has undergone a stunning transformation into the nation’s premier urban wildlife refuge. Now a remarkable funding opportunity is being launched. Following a natural resource damage settlement with the U.S. Army and Shell Oil, Colorado's Natural Resource Trustees have $27.4 million to allocate over the next six years. Through additional matching funds, investments in the Northeast Greenway Corridor could eventually exceed $50 million.
A Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Consent Decree established the Northeast Greenway Corridor (NGC) Advisory Committee consisting of Adams County, Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Denver, Thornton and the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership. The Consent Decrees established a Foundation Fund to be used to fund projects selected by the NGC Advisory Committee, and a Recovery Fund to be used to fund projects proposed by any Interested Party that meets project criteria.
The Advisory Committee solicited project proposals, developed a recommended plan, and submitted it to submit to the State Natural Resource Trustees on July 31, 2012. It was unanimously approved. Click here for the final Northeast Greenway Corridor Restoration Plan. The presentation can also be viewed here.