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Rocky Mountain Arsenal Natural Resources Damages Recovery Fund Working Group

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal – a 27-square-mile property located in Adams County, Colorado, about eight miles northeast of downtown Denver – has undergone a transformation from a Superfund site (or hazardous waste site) into a major urban wildlife refuge. Two funding opportunities came from a natural resource damage settlement in 2008. The Consent Decrees established a Foundation Fund and a Recovery Fund to fund restoration projects in impacted areas.

Between December 2013 and September 2014, Meridian Institute supported the RMA Recovery Fund Working Group, comprised of representatives of local jurisdictions and nonprofit organizations. Through meetings, presentations, revisions of proposals, site visits, and informal conversations, the Working Group developed consensus recommendations for utilizing the $17.4 million Recovery Fund. The Working Group developed a package of proposed projects, which was approved by the Colorado Natural Resources Trustees in September 2014.


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