Tamarisk Coalition has been working on eliminating invasive plants along western Colorado's waterways. They now have the grant to continue their work including that at Connected Lakes in Grand Junction.

The coalition recently received a $20,000 grant from Xcel Energy which will be used for training, resources, and technical assistance for both public and private lands along the area's waterways.

While the group is named Tamarisk Coalition, they focus on all invasive vegetation including Russian Olive.

In addition to the Connected Lakes section of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, the coalition will use the grant to remove invasive plants on private land along the Colorado River and expand work on the Gunnison River.

The coalition is also part of the Cross-Watershed Network and Desert Rivers Collaborative which is a peer-to-peer learning network of river managers in the western US. A cross-visit is currently being organized to work with Middle Colorado and Dolores river managers in September.