Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

News and Updates

Denver Water statement on seeking dismissal of its appeal of 1041 case

July 29, 2020 - A year ago, Denver Water submitted an application with Boulder County to begin the 1041 process related to the Gross Reservoir expansion. At the same time, we sought clarity in the courts on whether the expansion was subject to that process. Boulder...

Final federal approval secured for Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

DENVER — July 17, 2020 — Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Denver Water to proceed with design and construction to expand Gross Reservoir in Boulder County. Seventeen years ago, Denver Water began the federal environmental permitting process that...

Virtual Appointment Booking

Have you heard that the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project now offers virtual one-on-one appointments? Due to continued social distancing guidelines, we are not able to host our regular office hours at our public information yurt this year. However, we would still love...

Notice of utility locate survey work on Gross Dam Road

Beginning May 25, Lamb-Star Engineering, LLC, through a subcontract with Stantec and Denver Water, as part of Stantec’s work on roadway design for safety improvements of Gross Dam Road will be completing utility location surveys along Gross Dam Road. This work will...

Boating opens May 22 at Gross Reservoir; plan for possible crowds

Gross Reservoir opens for boating Friday, May 22, and recreation managers want visitors to be aware of the potential for crowds, slow traffic, lower water levels and parking challenges. The reservoir, southwest of Boulder, is popular with kayakers and others using...

Notice of on-site closure of Gross Dam Road

COAL CREEK CANYON — April 24, 2020 — Access to trails, viewpoints and shorelines on the south side of Gross Reservoir will be closed on weekdays between Monday, April 27, and Friday, May 8, for watershed protection activities in coordination with the Colorado State...

Recreation amid COVID-19

Denver Water is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the potential impacts to the upcoming boating season opening date. At this time it is too early for us to make a determination on any changes to the start of boating season. As soon as we have a better idea...

Learning By Doing 2019 Annual Report

February 20, 2020 - Grand County Learning By Doing Annual Report release. Grand County Learning By Doing Cooperative Effort (LBD) has a goal to maintain, and where reasonably possible, restore or enhance the aquatic environment in the Fraser, Williams Fork, and...

A new chapter in an epic ‘Fish story’

February 14, 2020 - TAP - ""We did what we said we were going to do 20 years ago, when this program began, and it worked,” said Travis Bray, an environmental scientist at Denver Water who praises the sweeping collaboration among dozens of organizations that have...

As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk

AP - January 30, 2020 - "Canberra’s water utility has built in redundancies in case of fire, such as collecting water from three watersheds instead of two, and it can switch among sources if necessary, said Kristy Wilson." "Denver Water, which serves 1.4 million...

Habitat resurrection means aquatic love connection

TAP - Jan 22, 2020 - "The work wrapped up in October and the results are exciting — both for the fish and for the biologists who track them. “The level of spawning that we observed almost immediately after completion of the reclamation work was extraordinary,” said...

2019 Year-End Report

As work continues on the the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project, we want to highlight some of the progress and milestones achieved throughout 2019. The 2019 Year-End Report can be viewed by clicking the image below.

Family shares gift of a lifetime

TAP - December, 10, 2019 - "The photographs provide snapshots of the enormous effort it took to construct the dam. Hundreds of workers spent four years in the remote canyon working long hours, often in harsh weather conditions. “My dad knew everything about the dam...

Denver Water makes way for toads

TAP - Dec. 2, 2019 - "Denver Water, as part of an expansive environmental agreement with the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, recently completed its first “toad tunnel” under Vasquez Creek Road just outside Winter Park." Read the full story here.

Remodeling and restoring rivers — for trout and those who hook them

TAP - October 31, 2019 - "Williams Fork is one of the real jewels of our state wildlife areas, and the project has effectively addressed some habitat shortcomings that we had observed over the past decade,” said Jon Ewert, Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist...

Indoor ‘waterfall’ puts water to the test at CSU

TAP - October 2, 2019 - “It’s a fun job and also extremely important to the communities where these structures are built,” said Chris Thornton, director of the Colorado State University Hydraulics Laboratory. “Our job is to provide designers with information to make...

Former Gov. Endorses Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

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