RWAPA was founded in 1981 in response to an opportunity to develop hydropower at Ruedi Reservoir. Public Service of Colorado (now Excel Energy) had filed for a permit to develop a forebay at Ruedi to provide peaking power. That plan would have resulted in the inundation of another two miles of the Fryingpan Valley downstream of the existing dam and would have led to other fundamental changes in Ruedi operations and management.
Meetings & Bylaws
RWAPA was formed to block that effort by taking advantage of the federal ‘municipal exemption’, eventually leading to a joint effort by Aspen and Pitkin County to gain the permit and develop the hydro plant. In the meantime, the intergovernmental communication and cooperation that were fostered by the first few meetings of the RWAPA Board proved to be a valuable and powerful tool for the communities of the Roaring Fork watershed, and continue to do so 40 years later.