Metro Wastewater Reclamation District approves 2% rate hike for 2019

Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation District Hite plant outfall via South Platte Coalition for Urban River Evaluation

Here’s the release from the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District:

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District Board of Directors approved the 2019 budget at its regular board meeting on June 19, 2018. It includes annual charges for service of $132,137,389 for 2019 – which is 2 percent higher than 2018. For existing households, this translates to an increase of about 26 cents per month.

Including the 2 percent increase noted above, the average household in the Metro District’s service area is projected to pay 41 percent less for wastewater treatment in 2019 than those served by comparable utilities around the country.

Annual charges are the fees the Metro District charges metro area cities and sanitation districts for treating wastewater before it is discharged to the South Platte River. Annual charges are based on the amount of wastewater treated and how much pollution must be removed.

To arrive at the annual charges, the board weighs options and determines how best to provide funding to enable the Metro District to meet mandatory regulations in the most cost-effective manner possible.
To make sure the District is prepared to meet future requirements, it undertakes extensive long- range planning measures. Capital costs for a number of projects are driving the budget for the $904 million the Metro District plans to spend through 2028, during a 10-year planning period.

The Metro District’s 715-square mile service area includes most of the City and County of Denver, as well as parts of Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, and Weld counties. The District’s service area encompasses other large municipalities such as the cities of Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Lakewood, Thornton, and parts of Westminster, as well as smaller sanitation districts and industrial clients.

@ColoradoClimate: Weekly #Climate, Water and #Drought Assessment of the Intermountain West

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South Boulder flood mitigation

Boulder. By Gtj82 at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Patriot8790., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11297782

From The Boulder Daily Camera (Anthony Hahn):

Issues surrounding the long-heralded CU Boulder South annexation plans continue to manifest most consistently within concerns over how eventual flood mitigation designs will play out on the property.

Those concerns were clear at a joint meeting between Boulder’s Water Resources Advisory Board and Open Space Board of Trustees on Monday, where dozens of residents from Boulder’s Frasier Meadows retirement community who wore bright orange shirts reading “Save our neighborhoods” and “Stop flooding of South Boulder Creek” urged officials to take quick action on those plans.

Upon annexation of the property by the city, the University of Colorado plans to build more than 1,000 housing units for students and employees, athletic fields and academic buildings on the 308-acre site over the coming decades. It also intends to devote nearly 100 acres of the site to a flood mitigation plan.

The parcel has proven controversial since its purchase in 1996, as neighbors have worried that university’s plans to eventually develop the site would put nearby homes at greater risk from floodwaters.

The chief flood mitigation concept — proposed under the South Boulder Creek Master Plan — includes a flood wall along the south side of U.S. 36 within the Colorado Department of Transportation right-of-way and a dam along the northern portion of the CU South parcel to contain flood waters, according to a staff report presented Monday.

Under this plan, vehicle access to CU South from Table Mesa Drive would be routed to a ramp up and over a portion of the dam. The flood wall would also include an overtopping spillway, which would be designed to discharge floodwaters “that exceed the design storm.”

The first half of June have been nothing but hot and dry for most communities in #Colorado — @AmericanRivers #Drought

From American Rivers (Fay Augustyn):

After a dry winter and following with a hot summer, Colorado is looking at different waster conservation ideas to help protect their rivers. Can our rivers count on you to help move Colorado’s water future forward?

Rivers form the lifelines of Colorado’s economy, environment and lifestyle. They impact every aspect of our lives, providing most of our clean, safe and reliable drinking water, supporting thriving farms and ranches, and contributing to culture, heritage and recreation. During a dry summer like this, we can easily identify the impacts that healthy, flowing rivers have on our communities and quality of life.

Those who enjoy spending time on or near rivers have likely noticed the lower – and earlier – flows we experienced this year. The Colorado River peaked about 4 weeks earlier than normal, and at the GoPro Games in June, flows through Gore Creek were less than half of the normal discharge. On the upper Yampa above Steamboat Springs, fishing has been restricted below Stagecoach Reservoir to help protect fish in this reach. And farmers and ranchers are radically changing their normal operations to ensure they protect their livelihood at this time of dwindling irrigation water in their ditches.

As this summer presses on, we certainly will continue to be impacted by the dry year. But there is hope, and things each of us can do to help conserve our critical water resource, including reducing shower times, limiting outdoor watering, and educating yourself about the health of our rivers and streams – including ways you can support more conservation and flexibility across the state. It’s now more important than ever to increase your awareness about where your water comes from and how water moves throughout the state.

“Do You Know Your Water, Colorado?” map. Credit: American Rivers

Earlier this summer, we produced an illustrated guide, called “Do You Know Your Water, Colorado?” to explain the long, complicated journey a drop of water takes from its home in a river to your tap. As a Coloradan, it’s our responsibility to understand how water is moved from place to place across our great state and the role we all have in protecting our state’s flowing rivers and the clean, safe, reliable drinking water they provide.

Always, but especially in a dry year like this, we must meet future water demands without sacrificing our rivers and everything they support. Our communities, economies, environment and drinking water supply depend on all of us working together.