Summer ‘20 Project Accelerator: Summit County & High Country Conservation Center, CO

Development of a Regional Outdoor Water Efficiency Program Our Approach Project Outcomes

Project Goal

WaterNow and Western Resource Advocates are working with the High Country Conservation Center and other stakeholders throughout the county to provide additional capacity and expertise to guide the development of a regional outdoor efficiency program.

Our Approach

Summit County, which features some of the most renowned outdoor recreation hotspots in the country, has finite water resources exacerbated by climate change, population growth, and an influx of seasonal tourists. Recognizing that water efficiency is their cheapest and most feasible source of new supply, in 2018, the Summit County community, with the support of five jurisdictions including the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon and Frisco, the Copper Mountain Metropolitan District and local nonprofit partner– High Country Conservation Center (HC3), published a regional Water Efficiency Plan.

WaterNow will work with partners to put this plan into action through the development and implementation of a regional outdoor water efficiency program. WaterNow will research and compile existing resources on best practices for outdoor efficiency programs, identify and conduct informational interviews with counties and cities that have adopted exemplary efficiency programs and that share similar characteristics (i.e. geography and tourism-based economies), convene stakeholder meetings, and draft outdoor water efficiency program guidelines that incorporate outreach strategies and financing options.

(photo credit: Carol M. Highsmith)