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Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Management

Concerning alternative mechanisms for achieving compliance with water quality standards.
2024 Regular Session
Natural Resources & Environment
Bill Summary

Water Resources and Agriculture Review Committee. The bill requires the division of administration (division) in the department of public health and environment (department), in collaboration with the university of Colorado's Mortenson center in global engineering and resilience and the Colorado water institute located within Colorado state university, to:

  • Conduct a feasibility study of the use of green infrastructure, which refers to nature-based, watershed-scale water quality management solutions that are an alternative to traditional gray infrastructure, which refers to centralized water treatment facilities, and the use of green financing mechanisms for water quality management;
  • Establish one or more pilot projects in the state to demonstrate the use of green infrastructure, green financing mechanisms, or both;
  • Adopt rules establishing a prepermit baseline date to assist municipalities and other water providers to pursue prepermit solutions for compliance with state and federal water quality standards; and
  • Submit a report and present to the water resources and agriculture review committee on the progress of the feasibility study and any pilot projects and on any legislative and administrative recommendations to promote the use of green infrastructure and green financing mechanisms for water quality management in the state.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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