Wetlands / Environmental Permitting
Aquatic Terrestrial Species
Wetlands & Waters of the U.S.
River Run Ranch in Granby
Sun Communities recently received approval of the final development plan and plat for River Run Ranch from the Town of Granby. WWE has a history with the property dating back to the proposed Shorefox project.
WWE’s Jonathan Kelly and Dave Foss are pleased to be providing water rights, water and wastewater design and floodplain engineering services to Sun and its site civil engineer Atwell, LLC. WWE is enjoying collaborating with Rick Weed of Atwell on the design aspects of the project and with Madoline Wallace-Gross of Lyons Gaddis on the water rights matters.
WWE was first involved with Granby’s water system more than 50 years ago when Ken Wright designed and oversaw installation of a 250,000-gallon buried water tank, alluvial wells and the water main for the town.
Middle Colorado River Integrated Water
Management Plan and Fish Passage Design
WWE was selected by the Middle Colorado Watershed Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, as part of a team to develop the Middle Colorado River Integrated Water Management Plan. The geographic focus of the project is on the “middle” section of the Colorado River. The long-term goal of this project is to improve planning security for all water users by understanding and protecting existing uses, meeting shortages and maintaining healthy riverine ecosystems in the face of increased future demand and climate uncertainty. The project will be led by Scott Schreiber out of our Glenwood Springs office. WWE will be supporting Seth Mason of Lotic Hydrological in the areas of water rights and peer review.
WWE was also selected by the Middle Colorado Watershed Council to lead the design of a fish passage project. The project is located at the King Heatherly Diversion Dam on East Divide Creek near Silt, Colorado. The current diversion structure does not allow for passage by the Bluehead Sucker, which is a sensitive native Colorado species. The Bluehead Sucker has an impressive jump height of about one foot and can also use its mouth to “suck” (or crawl) its way up sloped faces. Scott Schreiber will be WWE’s project manager for this project. WWE and the Council are grateful to Compass Tools for donating the use of a survey grade RTK GPS unit to acquire survey data for the existing diversion dam.
George E. Cranmer Award from Open Lands
On June 7, Colorado Open Lands honored Ruth and (WWE founder) Ken Wright with the George E. Cranmer Award. Cranmer was Denver’s long-time “parks man” and conservationist. The award was given to the Wrights for their legacy of protecting Colorado’s land and water. The Wrights were honored to have the award presented by two longtime friends, Governor Richard Lamm and Justice Gregory Hobbs.
Former winners of the Cranmer Award include Valerie Gates, Steve Wooten and Sue Anschutz Rodgers. The award was part of a sold-out celebration called Cheers for Conservation at Five Fridges Farm in Wheat Ridge.
Steamboat Ski and Resort High Mountain Water Storage Tank
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation released the design plans for bidding the Four Points Lodge Water Storage Tank. The new 36,000-gallon water storage tank will be located close to the existing Four Points Lodge.
Four Points Lodge is one of several alpine ski lodges at the Steamboat Ski Area. It is located at approximately 9,700 feet. The new water storage tank will replace four existing 6,000-gallon tanks, which are currently inside of the building. Removing these tanks from inside the building will open up space for locker rooms, food storage and public use.
This project is being bid out as part of a multi-year expansion project on the lodge, which will add nearly 200 seats (an approximately 60% increase).
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation’s Lance Miles, John Albright and Dave Hunter have all been highly involved in the planning and design of this project. WWE’s Karl Kingery, Wayne Lorenz and Jennifer Keyes have enjoyed working with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation team and thank them for the opportunity to work on this unique project. WWE was assisted by Kit Badger of Bates Engineering, who handled the structural design on the tank.