At the request of a Fraser Citizen, UCRWG recently provided research on the feasibility of using an Impact Fee to help generate sustainable, long term funding for watershed restoration projects and water and sanitation infrastructure in the Upper Colorado River headwaters.
A report by Grand Environmental Services shows that a modest fee of as little as $2.00 per month from Denver Water customers could generate as much as $7,000,000 annually for projects in the Colorado River headwaters. That much-needed cash could be available in perpetuity to help assure consistent water quality and quantity for future generations, in turn benefiting both the Eastern and Western Slopes.
While the idea of using an impact fee has been floated in the past as a means of generating funds for projects that address the environmental effects of trans-mountain water diversions, this study from UCRWG is the first to explore what such a fee would look like for water users and just how much revenue it would generate for watershed restoration and upkeep measures.1 UCRWG Water Fee Report for blog
2 UCRWG Water Fee Appendices for blog