Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

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Request for proposals: fish passage design services

April 30, 2019 - Learning By Doing is soliciting proposals from qualified firms for design services to improve fish passage at an existing rock weir diversion structure and to install a new fish screen on the adjacent diversion ditch.  The project is located on the...

Carroll: A drought will come again

Denver Post – "Those still wedded to an image of the big city plundering water from the West Slope without regard to consequences are embarrassingly out of date. And after more than three decades of talking about an expansion of Gross reservoir, it’s finally time to...

Project related activities

April 18, 2019 – Denver Water will have contractor crews at the intersection of State Highway 72 and Gross Dam Road on Friday, April 19 performing geotechnical investigation activities. This work is necessary for the design of safety related roadway improvements for...

A statement from the CEO/Manager

Below is a statement from Denver Water CEO/Manager Jim Lochhead regarding the April 11 complaint filed in District Court on the zoned land use exemption: Our commitment to the community has been demonstrated from the beginning when we intentionally and explicitly...

Collaboration works for 21st century Denver Water

Colorado Central Magazine - April 1, 2019 - "Commissioners from Grand County showed up at a noisy Boulder County commissioners’ hearing on a West Slope-to-East Slope transmountain water diversion project – to testify on behalf of the project." Read the full story...

Leaning In To The Challenge Of Climate Change

Water Online - April 2, 2019 - "Under the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement, the flexibility that comes with more storage in Gross also ensures Denver Water can support stream flows in the Fraser River and other high elevation West Slope streams in drier years..."...

When east meets west over water resources

Winter Park Times - March 14, 2019 - "The goal of Learning By Doing is to restore or enhance the condition of the river health in Grand County through projects and improved communication between the partners. LBD is not supposed to be effective until permits for...

Gross Reservoir expansion goes under review

The Mountain Ear - March 19, 2019 - "We’re looking for opportunities to improve the environment and serve our customers,” King said. Read the full story here.

A statement from the CEO/Manager

Below is a statement from Denver Water CEO/Manager Jim Lochhead regarding the Boulder County commissioner hearing on March 14, 2019: Last night Denver Water staff presented to the Boulder County commissioners on the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project and listened to...

2018 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 2018. The 2018 Year-End Report can be viewed by clicking the image below.

Daily Camera article on upcoming Boulder County Commissioner Meeting

Boulder Daily Camera – Feb. 1, 2019 – "This hearing does not impact Denver Water's commitment to working with Boulder County and the community to incorporate additional measures to avoid and minimize construction impacts related to the Gross Reservoir Expansion...

A statement from the CEO/Manager

Below is a statement from Denver Water CEO/Manager, Jim Lochhead, regarding the Boulder County land use process: "The location of the current and expanded Gross Dam was defined as a 'Flood Regulatory Area' before the enactment of 1041 permitting in 1974, which makes...

Expanding Gross Reservoir

Rocky Mountain Water - Jan. 2019 - "As part of its commitment to developing projects in the right way, Denver Water will fund and participate in dozens of environmental projects across multiple watersheds at a cost of more than $20 million." Read the full story here.

Meeting the water crisis

Colorado Green - Jan./Feb. 2019 - "With 100 years of history under its belt, Denver Water has seen plenty of good years and bad in terms of snowpack and water supplies. Gross Reservoir to help quench thirst of drought and benefit environment." Read the full story here.

A statement from the CEO/Manager

Below is a statement from Denver Water CEO/Manager, Jim Lochhead, regarding the complaint: “When you’re responsible for delivering safe, clean drinking water to a quarter of the state’s population, failing is not an option. In the last 15 years, we’ve come close to...

Request for Proposals for Tree Removal Plan

December 12, 2018 - Denver Water is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a Tree Removal Plan for the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project. A Mandatory, informational Pre-Proposal meeting will be held on January 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Gross Dam caretakers’...

New technologies under review

The trees removed from the expanded reservoir may have a new life as “biochar,” improving soil for plants. Denver Water TAP - Expanding a reservoir has a lot of challenges, among them dealing with the trees and bushes that must be removed. Leaving this biomass in...

Successful 2018 yurt season

With the sun drifting ever lower in the sky and the brilliant colors of fall a pleasant memory, the 2018 season for the Gross Reservoir Expansion’s Public Information Yurt has come to a successful finish. It was a great year marked by constructive two-way...

Former Gov. Endorses Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

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