The City of Grand Junction has implemented a number of successful conservation programs, projects, and initiatives over the years.
The Grand Valley Regional Water Conservation Master Plan (PDF) has a set of goals that either maintains or reduces water use for future conservation for the City of Grand Junction water service area. Water conservation is defined as eliminating water waste and making beneficial water use more efficient. The Conservation Master Plan is an ever-evolving document. The entire Master Plan will be re-evaluated every five years. This Conservation Master Plan was cooperatively developed by the City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, and Ute Water Conservancy District, all serving the Greater Grand Valley Area:
The following is a list of some of the more notable examples:
- In 2006, the City of Grand Junction began researching a biogas project that would allow methane gas produced at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Facility to be used as vehicle fuel. Currently, the facility produces approximately 120,000 cubic feet of gas in the anaerobic digestion process per day. Since plant startup back in 1984, only a small amount of the methane was used to fuel the boilers that heat the digestion process, with the vast majority of the gas being flared off.
- In 2011, the City began implementing a plan for the future by beginning to purchase Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet vehicles and planning for construction of a fueling station for them. The first CNG solid waste trucks were delivered within days of the CNG fueling station being completed.
- In 2014, the City contracted with BioCNG, LLC to design a system to capture, collect and purify the digester biogas at the wastewater plant to a natural gas quality vehicle fuel. The project included a 5.7-mile pipeline which delivers the fuel to the existing CNG fueling site and is used as the primary source of fuel. The fueling station includes slow-fill stations for fueling City and County vehicles, as well as a public fast-fill station that is operated by a private contractor.
- Currently the equivalent of 400 gallons of gasoline is produced on-site daily and has offset the same volume use of diesel fuel. This has resulted in a carbon emission reduction of approximately 3 million pounds per year.
- Since the first purchase of CNG vehicles in 2011, the City (and in partnership with the County) have continued to add to the CNG fleet each year as vehicles come up for replacement. There are currently 62 CNG vehicles between the City and the County ranging from street sweepers to transit busses.
- The City has received international attention for the biogas project, which is believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States.
- The City has installed over 315 kilowatts (kW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar at several of our facilities, providing an average of 1,471 kW hours of electricity per day or over 537,000 kW hours each year.
- In 2010, the City entered into a Performance Contract with Johnson Controls to complete $2 million of energy efficiency projects at 14 facilities, saving an annual average of 516,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and 1,192 kilowatts of demand.
- The City is a subscriber to the 2 MW Community Solar Garden developed by Ecoplexus, purchasing 27% of the power produced. We are on track to save over $90,000 per year based on credits we are receiving from Xcel Energy for the power we are purchasing from the solar garden.
- In 2010, the Planning Commission and City Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan which discourages sprawl development.
- In 2015, City Council adopted an Economic Development Plan which encourages existing development and redevelopment of business and industrial areas.
- In 2006, the City adopted the Watershed Protection Ordinance and in 2007, watershed protection regulations were adopted to protect the City's watershed on the Grand Mesa.
- In 2017, Las Colonias Park along the Colorado Riverfront Trail is being developed and will green a former industrial site and former uranium mill tailings dump. An amphitheater, nature trails, a disc golf course and a future business park are just some of the amenities that will be there.
- The City purchased the former Jarvis salvage yard property on the Colorado River, at the confluence with the Gunnison River, and has developed a backwater pond for endangered fish and extended the Riverfront Trail through the property.
- In partnership with Mesa Land Trust and the Bureau of Land Management, the City took deed to the Three Sisters Open Space, preserving it as open space.
- The City supported Cooperative Planning Areas (Buffer Zones) between Grand Junction and Fruita and Grand Junction and Palisade.
- Grand Junction has been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community, recognizing the commitment to trails and bikeways throughout the community.
- Grand Junction has been designated as a "Tree City USA" for more than 30 years indicating that 1% of the City's budget is dedicated to trees.
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