FERC approves Gross Reservoir expansion

A plan to expand Gross Reservoir in Boulder County cleared its final federal hurdle on July 16, 2020, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its approval for the project and ordered Denver Water to proceed with design and construction.

The $464 million (in 2025 dollars) expansion involves raising Gross Dam by 131 feet to nearly triple the size of the reservoir behind it.

“This is a major milestone that comes after nearly 17 years of careful study, public involvement, planning, and state and federal permitting,” said Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager of Denver Water. “This federal order to expand Gross Reservoir is critical to our ability to ensure a reliable supply of water to our customers in the future, while providing a net environmental benefit for the state.”

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