Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

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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...

Beautiful weather and great cookout!

On Saturday, September 28 Denver Water hosted the fifth community cookout at the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project public information yurt. We enjoyed meeting new visitors to the yurt and were happy to see some returning guests to hear about the latest project...

Community cookout this Saturday, Sept. 28

To celebrate another great summer of outreach and relationship building, the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project team is hosting a community cookout on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. located at the public information yurt, just up the fill from our...

Gross Dam spillway design being put to the test by CSU civil engineers

CSU College News - Sept. 24, 2019 - "CSU engineers are applying their hydraulics expertise to help verify key design and functionality aspects of the spillway, part of the public utility’s planned upgrade to Gross Dam. The reservoir impounded by Gross Dam provides...

Colorado’s tale of two seasons

TAP - September 19,2019 - "When the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project — which is in the final stages of approval after 15 years of permitting — is done, Denver Water will have more flexibility throughout its system to react to year-to-year changes in snowpack levels,...

Denver Water hires contractor for Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

HydroWorld.com – July 11, 2019 – “This is a major milestone in our 16-year effort to expand Gross Reservoir, as its original designers intended decades ago, to ensure a more reliable water supply in a future marked by greater uncertainty in weather patterns,” said...

Daily Camera: Gross Reservoir expansion makes sense

June 22, 2019 - "But a dispassionate consideration of the project leads to the conclusion that Denver Water’s plan to expand Gross Reservoir is a reasonable and responsible measure, provided the utility proceeds with the utmost sensitivity to the residents who would...

Former Gov. Endorses Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

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