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$29.5M In Lottery Funds Going To Colorado River Projects

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Gov. John Hickenlooper at the announcement on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

Gov. John Hickenlooper at the announcement on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) – Nearly $30 million in Colorado Lottery revenue will be spent on eight projects along Colorado rivers and creeks.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Great Outdoors Colorado announced the grants on Tuesday in Denver.

Five are being made to projects along the Front Range. The largest is $5 million and will pay for a project to improve the Poudre River trail corridor, including the purchase of 1,000 acres in Larimer and Weld counties.

The three projects getting money in western Colorado are focused on improvements along the Colorado River in both Eagle County and Fruita as well as the Yampa River.

Last year, the Great Outdoors Colorado board invited 17 projects to compete for the money.

Below is a list of the river and creek recreation projects that will share in about $29.5 million in lottery grants that the Great Outdoors Colorado Board announced Tuesday, with the amount each project is receiving:

- Poudre River Trail Corridor Improvement Project, $5 million

- Denver South Platte River Vision Implementation Project, $4.6 million

- Plains to Peaks Trail/Clear Creek Canyon Phase, $4.6 million

- Triple Creek Greenway Corridor Project, $3.4 million

- Fountain Creek Watershed Trails and Recreation Projects, $2.5 million

- The Colorado River Conservation and Recreation Project, $3.9 million

- Colorado Riverfront Trail Project – Fruita Connection Phase III, $2.9 million

- The Yampa River Legacy Project, $2.4 million

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