Development and climate change are putting new stresses on Denver’s water infrastructure and waterways. New technologies and tools that facilitate non-traditional water management techniques are quickly evolving. Managing water and land use in Denver is challenging, given that multiple agencies are involved in water management, each with unique responsibilities and differing service areas.
The partnership between the City and County of Denver, Denver Water, Mile High Flood District, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Greenway Foundation and the Colorado Water Conservation Board will break down the historical silos between drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and other water uses to cooperatively manage the entire water cycle. Through enhanced collaboration and predictable land use and development policies, Denver’s One Water Plan will promote healthy watersheds in an equitable, economically, and environmentally beneficial manner.
Developing this framework for sustainable water management is funded in part by a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The planning process began in spring of 2020 and is anticipated to be complete by winter 2021.
The One Water Advisory Group (OWAG) held Denver One Water Plan Meeting #1 on August 27, 2020 and a meeting summary and presentation can be found below.
The first of two community workshops was held October 20, 2020 and a meeting presentation and video can be found below.