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Colorado River Basin Stream Mitigation Strategy

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

​In Fall 2016, Meridian Institute was asked by the Walton Family Foundation to identify enabling conditions for public and private investment in Clean Water Act Section 404 mitigation projects that contribute to river restoration in one or more Colorado River Basin states. To begin this process, Meridian reviewed literature, regulation, and documents from stream mitigation programs to understand the regulatory and ecological aspects of this topic. Meridian then conducted interviews with approximately 35 key stakeholders and thought leaders to better understand opportunities for and obstacles to investment in stream mitigation projects in the Basin, and to hear ideas for how to facilitate and encourage investment.

On March 27–28, 2017, Meridian convened a group of 12 key stakeholders in Denver, Colorado, to discuss opportunities, barriers, and potential options for implementing enabling conditions for investment in mitigation projects that contribute to river restoration in the Colorado River Basin. The outcomes of those discussions will help to inform the development of high-level strategies for encouraging investment that could be tailored to specific states or regions throughout the Basin, with an initial focus on Colorado.