Colorado Natural Resource Trustees award $1.7 million to aid in the restoration of the South Platte River

DENVER — The Natural Resource Trustees of Colorado announced today that they have awarded $1.7 million in natural resource damage funds to the Greenway Foundation on behalf of the Overland Park Neighborhood Association to help restore water quality, habitat and riparian areas along a two-mile stretch of the South Platte River in south Denver.

The award of the funds will be contingent on the Greenway Foundation procuring matching funds for its projects at Grant Frontier Park, Pasquinel’s Landing and Overland Park. The projects are expected to start in roughly two years time.

“The Overland Park Neighborhood Association deserves much of the credit for working to put together a plan to restore the section of the South Platte River injured by the Shattuck Chemical Company facility,” Suthers said. “We, the trustees, are pleased to be able to provide funding for this much-needed river restoration.”

“One of the features that makes this project so attractive is the way it connects with a larger and still-expanding network of greenway and riparian trail corridors along the South Platte River and its tributaries,” said Mike King, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “This endeavor further leverages the great work of the Greenway Foundation and others over many years in linking Coloradans to the natural beauty right outside our doors.”

“Although the Shattuck site had a significant impact on the neighborhood, the Overland Park Neighborhood Association never gave up on its goal of reclaiming the natural heritage of the South Platte River,” said Martha Rudolph, environmental programs director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “We commend them for their vision, persistence and patience.”

Colorado received $1.5 million when it settled its natural resource damages case against the Shattuck Chemical Company in 2002. Since that time, the money has earned nearly $200,000 in interest, bringing the total amount available for restoring natural resources near the Shattuck site to $1.7 million.

The Colorado Natural Resource Trustees are the Attorney General, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources or their designees. The trustees are responsible for litigation of the state’s natural resource damages claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or the Superfund law) and administering funds received from such litigation.

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