Collecting data and measuring impacts on individual residences from Denver Water's multi-year construction project takes time, but we are committed to determining the best/most fair way to distribute the settlement funds directly to Gross Reservoir residents.
For the past nine months, Boulder County has been documenting the firsthand experiences of Gross Reservoir residents and working with Pinyon Environmental, Inc. to predict and analyze short- and long-term air quality, noise, traffic, and visual impacts to the community (using modeling data) from Denver Water’s multi-year construction project.
In the first quarter of 2023, Boulder County will work with a third-party meeting facilitator to convene and solicit input from an ad hoc community advisory group (see details below) on scenarios for how the first round of funding from the Denver Water settlement account might be distributed.
The advisory group will be formed with representatives from unique vantage points (e.g., overlooking reservoir, on a haul road, construction boundary impacts, etc.) and neighborhoods (e.g., North Shore, South Shore, Gross Dam Road, Miramonte, etc.) surrounding Gross Reservoir.
Note: Because Denver Water has not yet finalized its tree removal plan (and may not have a plan in-place until the end of 2023), the Boulder County Commissioners have decided that tree removal impacts will not be considered in the first round of funding (i.e., money from the full $5 million mitigation fund will be held back for a future round of funding once the tree removal impacts are better known.)
At this time, the division of money and the number of funding rounds for the full $5 million have not been decided by the county commissioners. The amount of funding for the first round of payouts (in 2023) will be determined after input and feedback from the community advisory group has been considered.
The results from the Pinyon Environmental, Inc. analysis will be presented to the advisory group at a virtual meeting (date TBD) and the public is invited to attend the presentation and observe advisory group discussions. (Several of you have asked to see the results of the study in advance, and that request will be considered as we get closer to having an advisory group established.)