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Harvard Grant Supports ICS Water Fund Feasibility Study

Harvard Grant Supports ICS Water Fund Feasibility Study

Harvard University is helping ICS clients explore how social impact capital can be used to optimize limited irrigation water supplies in the American West. A grant from the university’s Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council is supporting an ICS-led collaboration among Colorado stakeholders and national conservation, finance, and water market experts. An October convening in Pueblo County, Colorado, kicked off the effort. The convening purpose was to explore the design of a water optimization fund, a conceptual impact investment vehicle, which could help farmers and conservation groups in Pueblo...

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ICS-TNC Pursue Green Infrastructure Partnership

ICS-TNC Pursue Green Infrastructure Partnership

An ICS-led team of scientists, policy analysts, and program managers from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) launched a plan to help restore the 927-square-mile Fountain Creek Watershed. Implementation—focused on collaborative stream management planning, forest health initiatives, and green-stormwater-infrastructure partnerships—begins with explorations of a new green infrastructure partnership between TNC and the City of Colorado Springs. The partnership would catalyze investment in nature-based stormwater management solutions and tap into the momentum of numerous coalitions working to improve...

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ICS—Nature Conservancy Issue Urban Watershed Plan

ICS—Nature Conservancy Issue Urban Watershed Plan

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) contracted ICS to help the organization determine how it could support more integrated, effective approaches to watershed health and management in and around southern Colorado’s growing Front Range metropolitan regions. Natural Solutions for a Communally Vibrant, Ecologically Resilient Fountain Creek: A Strategic Framework and Opportunities Analysis (Natural Solutions) is the result of that effort. Natural Solutions informs potential TNC engagements in and around the Fountain Creek Watershed by combining goals, strategies, and key actions the organization can...

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A Western River with too Much Water? ICS Explores

A Western River with too Much Water? ICS Explores

Can it be, in the midst of drought, with intense competition for limited water supplies, that a major tributary flowing through one of the Intermountain West’s largest, fastest growing cities, has too much water? Descending an incredible 9,475 vertical feet in just 74.5 miles from tributary headwaters on Pikes Peak to its confluence with the Arkansas River in the City of Pueblo, Fountain Creek bisects the City of Colorado Springs. Observed from the heart of downtown, it looks like a major water course, and at flood stage it is. But Fountain Creek used to be ephemeral: dry in different places...

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ICS Enterprise Launch: Frost Ranch Sportsmen Club

ICS Enterprise Launch: Frost Ranch Sportsmen Club

ICS helped Frost Livestock Company launch a private sportsmen club for fowl, small game, and big game hunters on its 24,000-acre, Frost Ranch property. Frost Ranch Sportsmen Club, LLC, a subsidiary enterprise of the livestock company, is an important component of two succession-planning endeavors designed to help the company facilitate a shareholder buyout and consolidate company interests: (1) the pursuit of venture capital, and (2) the launch of new ranch-based enterprises. The overarching goal is to facilitate the transfer of shareholder interests without having to subdivide portions of...

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ICS Navigates the Wake of Municipal Water Sales

ICS Navigates the Wake of Municipal Water Sales

Irrigated agriculture is an economic pillar in Pueblo County, Colorado. Pueblo Chiles at Whole Foods Market: they’re grown here—along with other specialty and forage crops. Until recently, Pueblo County was relatively unaffected by municipal “buy-and-dry” practices (agricultural water appropriations by municipalities that result in permanent fallowing and the loss of farmland); but in 2009, the Pueblo Board of Water Works (Pueblo Water) purchased 5,540 shares of water on the Bessemer Ditch to repurpose for municipal and industrial use. The Bessemer Ditch irrigates approximately 18,000 acres...

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