The Boulder Waterkeeper initiated their first Boulder Waterkeeper Water Quality Forum on June 10, 2019. The topic of discussion was E coli in Boulder Creek and the overall Boulder Creek Watershed. Representatives from the City of Boulder, Boulder County and the University of Colorado-Boulder gave presentations on their E coli reduction programs.
There was no obvious consensus conclusion to the discussion, but three essential points need to be acknowledged: a) While swimming in any natural water carries risks, the E. coli concentrations in Boulder Creek downstream from 13th street elevate those risks, b) Boulder Creek has been designated an impaired stream by the EPA and CDPHE for over 10 years and there is no obvious path to remediation and delisting, c) any solution will require cooperation and coordination by all stakeholders including the City, the County and CU.
The forum was attended by 40 who raised excellent questions during the 45 minute question and answer period. Boulder Waterkeeper Forums will be conducted quarterly and the next forum will be in the month of September, 2018.