Gross Reservoir
Expansion Project

 

Gross Reservoir
Expansion Project

 

This short video summarizes Denver Water’s community commitments based on years of study and robust outreach to Gross Reservoir neighbors. Also, read more on our Community Responsiveness page and on DenverWaterTAP.org !

Jeff Martin, Denver Water’s program manager on the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project sits for an interview about the project goals, core values and minimizing inconvenience to our neighbors.

Environmental Commitments

Provide $2 million towards aquatic habitat improvements on the Upper Colorado River.

Provide $1 million to the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Management group to fund flow-related projects to protect the outstanding and remarkable values within segments of the Upper Colorado River.
Provide $6 million to Grand County to use towards environmental projects, and continue to participate in the “Learning By Doing” collaborative effort, which has already resulted in tangible positive environmental impacts on the West Slope.

Construct and maintain sediment pond on Berthoud Pass to keep the Fraser River bottom clean. Check out, “Good for drivers, bad for the Fraser River.”

Restore a portion of Fraser Flats in Grand County. Check out, “Keep it cool: Good for the Fraser River and its trout.”

Release water into Ranch Creek in response to high temperatures found through water temperature monitoring. Check out, “Searching for solutions to help trout keep their cool.”

Monitor stream temperatures and water quality in Gross Reservoir, South Boulder Creek and the Fraser River Basin.

Provide funding towards Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s cutthroat trout habitat projects to protect and restore native trout populations.

Through a cooperative process, replace culverts on Fraser River, Cabin Creek and St. Louis Creek with aquatic organism passage culverts that will enable free passage of fish and other aquatic organisms.

Provide flushing flows in the Williams Fork and Fraser River basins.

Provide more than 1,000 acre-feet of water in Grand County for environmental purposes.

Complete a stream restoration project on South Boulder Creek.

Create an environmental pool in Gross Reservoir that will be managed by the Cities of Boulder and Lafayette to provide flows into South Boulder Creek during periods of low or no flows.

Allow Grand County to store up to 2,500 acre-feet of water in Williams Fork Reservoir for environmental purposes.

Complete a stream restoration project on the Williams Fork River.

Begin stream bank monitoring on the North Fork of the South Platte River and South Boulder Creek to identify erosion and/or unstable banks, and make repairs, as needed.

Construct a fish ladder on Cabin Creek in Grand County.

Convey approximately 540 acres of land near the Moffat Tunnel to the U.S. Forest Service for permanent protection and management as part of the National Forest System.

Protect raptor species, fight invasive species, relocate rare plant species and responsibly remove trees and brush in the reservoir’s expanded footprint.

Continue to participate in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Upper Colorado River Recovery Program and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, both designed to protect endangered species.

Progress and Schedule

Coffee Shop Office Hours

The Public Information Yurt is closed for the winter season. We continue office hours at Coal Creek Coffee located at 30509 Highway 72.

Upcoming office hours are below.

Due to the coronavirus situation, we have elected to postpone holding office hours for the time being. We will post upcoming hours at a later time once this situation has improved.

Please stop by to learn more about the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project. For local community members that are not able to visit during these times, please reach out to us to schedule an appointment outside of our office hours posted above.

News

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...

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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...

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News

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

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