ruedi resevoir basalt coloradoWelcome to the Ruedi Water and Power Authority (RWAPA) Website. This site will provide you with information on RWAPA activities and policies and will provide information on water issues of interest to the Roaring Fork Valley. We will also provide resources, links and information regarding local water matters, other water agencies, and regional and national water issues. We invite you to browse our site and to contact us if you have any questions or comments about the information provided.

Since 1981 RWAPA has provided a voice that speaks on behalf of the entire valley on a broad range of water issues. RWAPA is recognized regionally, statewide and nationally as representing the water-related interests of the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Fryingpan valleys.

Comments Due By May 27 on Draft Roaring Fork Watershed Plan

As of March 2nd, the Draft Roaring Fork Watershed Plan is available for review and comment. The Plan consists of a number of sections including an introduction and overview, recommendations for urgent actions, recommendations applicable to water quality, water quantity and regional water management, and a discussion of implementation. The matrices, which arrange the recommendations in a sortable format, divide the recommendations into several categories which allow for examining the recommendations from a number of perspectives such as location, key entities and recommendation type (study, project or regulation). Over the next several months we will be reviewing the Draft with local governments and other water management agencies with the objective of gaining the endorsement of those governments and agencies and moving towards a common implementation strategy. In the meantime, we want to invite the stakeholders who have been part of the watershed planning process for the last several years to review this Draft and provide us with your comments, questions, and impressions. Although the Plan is intended to be an ever-evolving and flexible document we do hope to have a final version in hand sometime in 2011. Click here for more information.

Front Range Water Supply Report Released

The Ruedi Water and Power Authority is pleased to release the “Front Range Water Supply Planning Update” prepared by G. Moss Driscoll. This report has been nearly a year in preparation and provides a comprehensive overview of the plans and options available to front range communities for further diversions of water from the Roaring Fork watershed. This document will be a valuable addendum to the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan and an essential reference for both local and regional water managers. 
The Report covers the following broad topics: 
• Plans for increased front range storage capacity 
• Potential additional development of, and diversion through, Fryingpan-Arkansas Project 
• Potential increases in diversions by City of Aurora through Busk-Ivanhoe System at headwaters of Fryingpan River 
• Potential additional diversions through Independence Pass system by Twin Lakes Company and others. 
• Short-term and long-term options and recommendations for local water managers and decisionmakers to assure that further diversions are minimized and their impacts mitigated. 
Front Range Water Supply Planning Update – Full Report

Announcements

1st 2010 Ruedi Operations Meeting
Basalt Town Hall
May 12, 2010, 7-9 PM
This meeting will review 2009 Ruedi operations and preview operations for 2010
For more information contact Kara Lamb, (970) 962-4326

Annual “State of the River” Meeting
Hosted by the Colorado River Water Conservation District
Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel
May 18, 2010, 6:30-8:00 PM
For more information contact Martha Moore (970) 945-8522

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