Fall ’22 Project Accelerator: Ruedi Water and Power Authority (RWAPA), CO

Unified Permanent Watering Restrictions for the Roaring Fork Watershed Our Approach Project Outcomes

Project Goal

WaterNow Alliance and Western Resource Advocates (WRA) are partnering with the Ruedi Water and Power Authority (RWAPA), a consortium of the local governments in the Roaring Fork Watershed, to support their efforts to develop unified permanent outdoor watering restrictions in the watershed.

Our Approach

Facing decades of drought, little to no upstream water storage, and a drier future, the Roaring Fork Watershed, a headwaters of the Colorado River, must explore all options for using less water. Outdoor water requirements vary across the different water providers within the watershed, creating communication challenges, particularly for the many residents who live and work in different jurisdictions. Water providers in the Roaring Fork Valley aim to develop unified, permanent watering restriction recommendations and a consistent message across jurisdictions to help alleviate confusion and increase compliance, thereby reducing water use and preserving water resources for the entire watershed. Through a robust research and stakeholder engagement process, WaterNow and WRA will develop unified permanent watering restrictions.