Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring-Summer 2020

10 Colorado Public Works Journal UPDATES Works News Time to expand Gross Reservoir is now Denver Water’s reservoirs store the mountain snowmelt the utility uses to supply its 1.5 million customers in Denver and surrounding suburbs. Population in the area Denver Water serves is projected to increase by almost one million by 2050. To help meet the growing demand for water and improve the reliability and resiliency of its existing system, Denver Water is planning to expand Gross Reservoir in Boulder County. Gross Dam was constructed in the 1950s and was specifically designed and constructed to allow for future expansion. In the 1990s, when Denver Water’s plans to build a new reservoir known as Two Forks were stopped by the EPA, environmental groups and opponents advocated for Denver Water to conserve and reuse more water and raise an existing dam instead. Denver Water embraced those suggestions and implemented an award-winning conservation education campaign, built a recycled water treatment plant and is working on the expansion of Gross Dam. Currently, 90% of Denver Water’s storage is in its south system, which draws from the South Platte and Blue River basins. Water in the north system, which is drawn from the Colorado River basin via the Moffatt Tunnel and stored in Gross Reservoir, represents only 10% of Denver Water’s storage. If south system water treatment facilities were forced to go offline because of wildfires, water shortages or other natural disasters, the north system would currently not be able to fill the water demand gap. And that’s not just a theoretical concern. Major forest fires in 1996 and 2002 wreaked havoc on the southern end of Denver Water’s storage system, clogging reservoirs with debris and making clear that the north end, with its far more limited storage capacity, can’t bear the burden alone in future disasters. Enlarging storage capacity on the north end not only offsets the imbalance in storage, but will also help prevent future shortfalls during droughts, a growing concern with climate change. Path to Success in Person and Zoom Panel Discussion The American Subcontractors Association, together with Women of Construction hosted ‘A Path to Success’ panel discussion with Christy Crook of Phoenix Masonry, Terri Olson of OE Constuction and Dianne Rundell of Park Range Construction. Each spoke to the audience as to how they have achieved success working in a family business, how it affects relationships and managing a work life balance. This event was attended in person and via Zoom to allow guests their preferred choice. Women of Construction was estab- lished to empower and inspire women who work in the construction industry. To view their calendar for future events go to The Gross Reservoir Expansion Project has recently completed a comprehensive 17-year federal and state permitting process – one that involved some 35 agencies and organizations. You can follow the project’s progress at APWA Premiers Virtual PWX@Home From August 2020 to July 2021, the American Public Works Association (APWA) will host our premier PWX@Home featuring over a hundred original virtual education sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities presented, by topic, to you. “I know the cancellation of PWX 2020 in New Orleans was a disappoint- ment to all of our APWA members, staff, leadership and partners who work to make the event not only possible, but memorable and enjoyable for all who attend,” said APWA President William (Bill) Spearman III, P.E. “The Board of Directors recognized the importance of the educational offerings PWX provides to the attendees, and asked that an alternative to an in-person PWX be created. Our incredible staff embraced the strategic activity in our 2020 – 2023 Strategic Plan to create innovative educational offerings using a variety of delivery methods and techniques, and were able to create exceptional opportunities for our exhibitors to still connect with attendees through PWX@Home.” Monthly, topics will include. • Utility Public Right-of-Way • Fleet • Winter Maintenance • Operations & Maintenance • Leadership & Management • Engineering & Technol- ogy/Asset Management • Water Resources • Solid Waste • Facilities & Grounds • Sustainability • Emergency Management • Transportation