Grand Junction Airport gets Tributary award

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- For many visitors the Grand Junction Regional Airport is the first impression of our Valley. That's why they've been working hard not only in the sky but on the ground.

The Drought Response Information Project or DRIP presented the airport with the Tributary award Tuesday.

This award recognizes commercial businesses that are making small changes to help conserve water during our drought.

"We're in the public eye and I want people to come in here and see a safe and beautiful place and also seeing we're being responsible with our water,” said Shawn Stratton, grounds supervisor for the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Since 2014 the airport has installed a rain water regulator, began using a weed barrier fabric and mulch to reduce evaporation for plants.

"In years like this with voluntary water restrictions we see the need for us to be more vocal in water conservation and recognize those that are doing their part,” said Andrea Lopez, External Affairs for Ute Water Conservancy District.

They say zero-scaping, that’s planting vegetation that can withstand dry conditions and replacing grass with rocks has made a huge difference.

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