Here’s some need-to-know information for the week:

Boulder Valley Travel Diary Study starts next week

Beginning next week, Boulder Valley Travel Diary Study materials, including a travel diary and survey, will be mailed out to a statistically representative set of Boulder Valley residents. The study helps us better understand how our community currently travels.

Data will be integrated into the Boulder Valley Modal Shift Report and helps inform transportation planning efforts.

The city is working with a research firm, Polco/National Research Center, to conduct the survey. The survey and diary have been conducted every two to three years since 1990 and asks over a thousand household representatives to track all their trips greater than two blocks in length for a 24-hour period. The study tracks changes such as the number of trips, trip type and characteristics, and mode of travel used over the years. Data is compared to regional and national data and is reported by standard demographic characteristics. Participation is confidential.

While survey participants are randomly selected based on representative demographics, Communications and Engagement staff will release additional public materials next week to inform the community that this is an official survey and to encourage selected households to participate.

For more information, please contact Principal Transportation Planner Chris Hagelin at or 303-441-1832.

City opens public comment period for draft Water Efficiency Plan through Nov. 19

As part of a state-mandated update, the city is updating the Water Efficiency Plan (WEP), which provides guidance for implementing Boulder’s Water Conservation Program. The draft plan is now available on the project webpage.

The draft incorporates feedback received from stakeholder and community engagement earlier this spring in the form of recommended water conservation programs that are compatible with the needs of a broad range of water users, including those in underserved communities. Staff will present a plan summary to you, as City Council, under Matters from the City Manager at the Nov. 16 meeting.

Council members and the general Boulder community are invited to provide public comment on the draft plan through Nov. 19 via Be Heard Boulder. The project team will review feedback, incorporate input into the plan where appropriate and include all comments as an appendix in the final plan. The final plan will be sent to the state by the end of the year.

For more information, please contact Water Resources Manager Kim Hutton at or 303-441-3115.


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