Title

Denver Water, Policy and Economics

Date of Award

8-27-2006

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Graduate Certificate

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Steven Bissell

Keywords

analysis; Board; Colorado; Denver; Denver (Colo.). Board of Water Commissioners.; Denver (Colo.). Water Dept.; economic; laws; policy; Water; water; Water -- Law and legislation -- Colorado; Water-supply -- Colorado -- Denver Metropolitan Area

Abstract

An analysis of the Denver Water Department finds that it is charged with supplying water to over 1.1 million residents in the Denver Metropolitan area. With assets of over $1.2 billion dollars and a governing board of five appointed members who must make policy and financial decisions under unusual circumstances for most water districts. Those circumstances include; Colorado is the only State that has a single source of water, precipitation, State and Federal mandated water compacts that limits water resources further, and Colorado Constitutional mandated appropriation water laws. Combined together these circumstances create a difficult atmosphere for policy making and financial planning. When comparing the Denver Water Board with other water departments around the Country, the Denver Water Department seems to be competent in all areas.

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