The $2 billion NISP reservoir and pipeline network is much closer to reality after the Army Corps of Engineers gives go-ahead.
Gross Reservoir Dam
How two big Denver suburbs are approaching the reality that they’re running out of water
Fast-growing Castle Rock starts with a turf ban, while Arvada doubles connection fees. Water prices are now part of the affordable housing equation.
Gross Dam opposition gets new legal life in fight against massive Boulder County reservoir expansion
Appeals Court clears environmental coalition to challenge permits as county commissioners tell federal authorities who OK’d the project that construction is ruining neighbors’ lives
Fort Collins puts new barriers in front of billion-dollar Northern Water dam and pipeline project
Fort Collins has placed new barriers in front of Northern Water’s $1.1 billion plan to build a dam and pipeline network along the Cache la Poudre River, further slowing a decades-long project backed by 15 growing Front Range communities and water districts. City government put a hold on the kind of pipeline and infrastructure work […]
Could Colorado cities save enough water to stop building dams?
When Joe Storinsky straightens up from kneeling in the dirt in Aurora Highlands and taps a spot on his iPad, the very first owners of 3940 Eaton Park St. will join the fight against Colorado’s megadrought before they’ve ever moved in. Storinsky, a field service representative for Aurora Water, sends a signal to the home […]
Denver Water sues Boulder County, says slow walk of Gross Reservoir decisions threaten federal permits
Denver Water sued Boulder County in federal court Tuesday saying county officials are slow-walking decisions on plans to expand Gross Reservoir, threatening crucial federal permits and construction timelines. Denver is essentially telling Boulder County to hurry up and say “no” to the raising of the existing dam and water pool, noting that two of the […]
Environmental groups appeal court decision that would pave way for Denver Water to raise Gross Reservoir Dam
While a decades-long battle over one major dam and river diversion in northern Colorado appeared to end last week, environmental groups signaled another fight will go on longer as they filed an appeal meant to undermine Denver Water’s Gross Dam expansion. The environmental coalition Monday asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a […]
Aurora, Colorado Springs get federal OK to test if controversial reservoir in Eagle County wilderness is feasible
White River National Forest officials on Monday said Aurora Water and Colorado Springs Utilities can move ahead with test drilling to determine whether a controversial dam on Homestake Creek in Eagle County is technically feasible. The decision to let the Front Range water utilities move forward in taking more Western Slope water is only one […]
Determining how much water Colorado’s snowpack will yield is an inexact science, but researchers persist
On a sunny April day at the tail end of last winter, Jeff Deems, a researcher at the Boulder-based National Snow and Ice Data Center, and Nathan Elder, the water supply manager for Denver Water, used snowshoes to reach a point high above the Blue River in Summit County. There they dug a pit, which […]
After decades of negotiations, restoration efforts on Colorado’s heavily diverted Fraser River are showing signs of success
For decades, the Fraser River has struggled with low flows, rising stream temperatures, sediment build-up, plummeting fish populations and degrading aquatic habitats due in large part to Front Range water diversions that drain 65% of the river. But after years of heated negotiations — and the formation of a partnership between environmentalists, Grand County officials […]