Boulder County Wins Colorado Lottery Starburst Conservation Award

DENVER – The Colorado Lottery announced today that it has awarded Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department the 2007 Starburst Conservation Award for excellence in the management of its open space properties. The St. Vrain River Corridor Legacy Project used more than $3.3 million in Lottery funds to help pay for the $11.5 million project.

The Boulder County St. Vrain River Corridor Legacy Project preserved land and water along 15 miles of the St. Vrain River in Boulder County. The project was a partnership between Boulder County, the Town of Lyons, the City of Longmont, the Colorado Department of Wildlife, the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

The project utilized Lottery funds through a Legacy Grant from the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO) to purchase and preserve lands for riparian habitat, endangered species habitat, water preservation and management to promote instream flows on the St. Vrain River, and agricultural land preservation.

“This is what GOCO money is intended for,” said Tom Kitts, Deputy Director of the Colorado Lottery. “It’s just a great project.”

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds for projects that promote community-building, partnership, conservation and commitment to the recreational needs of Colorado residents.  They were judged by Lottery management, the Colorado Lottery Commission and a representative of the more than 2,900 retailers who sell Lottery tickets.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. In Fiscal Year 2007, more than $117 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.9 billion has been returned to the state.

The Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

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September 11, 2007
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