Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

As a federally permitted project, the purpose, need and environmental impacts of the project have been vetted through almost a decade of research. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement in 2014 that details project mitigation measures and addresses public comment received after publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Like many water supply projects, there are a number of permits at the federal, state and local level that are needed before construction can begin:

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 is responsible for evaluating the impacts of and ensuring water quality associated with this project.
  • Secured: June 2016

 

Record of Decision and 404 Permit

  • A major responsibility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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 Hydropower 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 non-federal 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.
  • Secured: July 2020

Latest News / Blog

Breathtaking work nearly 300 feet underwater

August 23, 2021 - TAP - Major project replacing large debris grate at Gross Dam requires experts in the harrowing field of saturation diving. Raitt stresses the project is wholly unrelated to the planned expansion of Gross Reservoir. It would be happening regardless...

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All the ways we save (It’s not just shorter showers!)

August 6, 2021 - TAP There are a few things many customers might know about Denver Water’s efforts to use water efficiently. There was that fun and flashy and very effective 10-year “Use Only What You Need” campaign that cut per person water use by 22%. Denver Water...

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A gleaming gift to the great outdoors

July 29,2021 - TAP - Denver Water conveying stunningly scenic parcels to Forest Service as part of Gross Reservoir Expansion Project. Denver Water is in the process of conveying 539 acres of wetlands, meadows and forests in Gilpin County to the Forest Service to be...

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