A garden in the Yampa River Botanic Park shows one example of the beauty of native plants.

One impactful way to help the environment right at home is to remove thirsty non-native grasses from your lawn and replace them with native plants that will grow stronger and happier.

Shifting the makeup of your yard, even just in non-functional areas (i.e., areas where the only person to touch the grass is the person who mows it, curbs, etc.), can help reduce outdoor water use while also conserving treated water. 

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) has received funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Turf Replacement Program to help Routt County locals do just that. 

The program will give a rebate of up to $2 per square foot of turf removed and replaced, with a maximum area of 2,000 square feet per project for up to two projects selected after the application period.

If you live in Routt County (but outside the City of Steamboat Springs limits) and are interested in getting funding to do turf replacement at your home, business, or agency property, please fill out an application linked here to be entered for consideration.

Due to the limited nature of funding available for the first year of the project, YVSC will evaluate each proposal and contact top applicants for an interview. 

Please reach out to YVSC’s Soil, Moisture, Water & Snow Program Manager Madison Muxworthy at madison@yvsc.org with questions regarding this project or proposal.