Gross Reservoir Expansion Project
- 401 Certification
- Also a component of the Clean Water Act of 1972, 401 Certification is a process handled at the state level. In the case of the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is responsible for evaluating the impacts of and ensuring water quality associated with this project.
- Secured: June 2016
Record of Decision (ROD)
- A major responsibility of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) is administering the permitting program under Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, also known as the Clean Water Act. Permit review and authorization is a thoughtful and lengthy process that encourages avoidance of impacts, followed by minimizing impacts and, finally, requiring mitigation for unavoidable impacts to the aquatic environment.
- Secured: July 2017.
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) License Amendment
- The Gross Reservoir Dam includes a 7.6 mW hydropower unit, which is licensed for operation by FERC. Under the Federal Power Act, FERC has exclusive authority to license nonfederal hydropower projects. The amendment of license process requires that FERC address both the economics and engineering issues and the potential environmental and socioeconomic effects of project development and operation.
- Denver Water expects to receive the License Amendment by the end of 2018.
Latest News / Blog
Sky-Hi News - Oct. 13, 2017 - "We are elated," said Mely Whiting, legal counsel for Trout Unlimited. "This is amazing. The biomass [in the river] has more than tripled, just from last year, and only in the matter of a couple of weeks since the project was completed."...read more
Denver Water Tap - October 13, 2017 - All who love the environment have renewed reason to celebrate the partnership of Denver Water, Trout Unlimited and neighbors on the West Slope known as Learning By Doing. The partnership's first project - the Fraser Flats...read more