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) and 404 Permit
- 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.
- 404 Permit
- 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
Journal Advocate – June 29, 2018 – "As a result of going above and beyond, the Gross Reservoir expansion includes an "environmental pool" of 5,000 acre feet of water to benefit 17 miles of aquatic habitat in South Boulder Creek..." Read more...read more
We wish to thank members of Colorado's Congressional Delegation for their continued support of the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project! Read their recent letters to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) here: Representative Diana DeGette Senators Michael Bennet...read more