(Prior to 2012)
2011 Colorado Ag Water Summit
Mr. Lytle was an invited speaker to participate in a panel discussion at the Colorado Ag Water Alliance's annual summit on the barriers to alternatives to agricultural water transfers. Mr. Lytle discussed issues surrounding developing sufficient technical data to support change of use proceedings in water court.
First RHR Flow from Cherry Creek
2011 Cherry Creek Watershed Conference
Mr. Lytle was an invited speaker at the annual watershed conference in Parker, Colorado, and made the presentation "Water Supply and Demand Changes in Cherry Creek and Implications for Water Supply and Water Quality Management." Mr. Lytle described water supply versus demand issues in the Cherry Creek Basin; i.e. greater demand than available supply and how urbanization has affected the hydrology and water quality of the Basin. Integrated water management solutions were presented to address these issues.
AWRA 2011 Summer Specialty Conference
Mr. Bruce Lytle made a presentation at the June 2011 AWRA conference in Snowbird, Utah, entitled "Making the Most of Extremely Limited Water Supplies: The Cheyenne BOPU Municipal Water Supply System." The presentation focused on Lytle Water Solutions' pilot study of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) technologies to assist the City of Cheyenne, Wyoming, with alternatives to make its ground water supplies more sustainable through artificial recharge. The methodologies used and the results of the pilot study were presented.
CGWA January 2011 Meeting
Mr. Lytle was the invited speaker at the January 2011 Colorado Ground Water Association meeting. Using his comprehensive knowledge of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), including 6 years of research on the Denver Basin Aquifer Recharge Demonstration Project, Mr. Lytle presented his views of the role of ASR, both historically and into the future, in the Denver Basin. Mr. Lytle's presentation "What Is The Future Of ASR In The Denver Basin Aquifers?" can be viewed here.
NGWA 2010 Ground Water Summit
Mr. Bruce Lytle made a presentation on April 13, 2010, entitled "What Is The Future Of ASR In The Denver Basin Aquifers?" at the National Ground Water Association 2010 Ground Water Summit in Denver, Colorado. The presentation used Mr. Lytle's extensive background in Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) research in the Denver Basin as the basis for a presentation of the historical perspective of the objectives of ASR in the 1980s and the early-1990s, when research was first initiated, and how those objectives have evolved as hydraulic conditions in the Denver Basin have changed with time. Mr. Lytle provided his perspective of the future role that ASR will likely play in the Denver Basin aquifers as municipalities seek alternative water supplies to either supplement or replace extensive use of the Denver Basin aquifers.
Feasibility Study for Colorado / Wyoming Flaming Gorge Project
On March 25, 2010, a coalition of municipal water providers from Colorado and Wyoming announced a joint collaboration to study the feasibility of a major water supply project from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwestern Wyoming that will bring renewable water to eastern Wyoming and the Front Range of Colorado. The feasibility study will identify the future needs of the coalition members, the water supply available from Flaming Gorge Reservoir after critical demands are met for environmental flows and power generation, infrastructure alternatives for the delivery of the water, and the capital and operations and maintenance costs for the project. These data will be used by the member water provider organizations to evaluate the feasiblity of the project from each individual community's perspective, and whether the project should proceed to further phases. Mr. Bruce Lytle presented an overview of the scope of the feasibility study at the March 25 announcement, and Lytle Water Solutions will be part of the consultant team conducting the feasibility study, along with States West Water Resources Corporation of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Integra Engineering of Denver, Colorado.
Flaming Gorge Press Conference
On April 15, 2010, a meeting of the Colorado and Wyoming coalition of municipal water providers was held to kick-off the feasibility study. A presentation of the scope of work for the feasibility study, Flaming Gorge Reservoir Water Supply Project Feasibility Study, was presented by Mr. Lytle of Lytle Water Solutions, Mr. Michael O'Grady of States West Water Resources Corporation, and Mr. Alan Pratt of Integra Engineering.
IAHR 33rd Congress
In August 2009 Mr. Bruce Lytle presented a paper at the 33rd Congress of the International Association of Hydraulic and Engineering Research (IAHR) in Vancouver, British Columbia. The paper, entitled "Integrated Water Management in a Highly Urbanized Basin," described water supply issues in the Upper Cherry Creek Basin, Colorado, a highly over-appropriated basin, and how a cooperative numerical modeling study, led by LWS, developed potential water quantity and quality solutions to these difficult issues. Mr. Lytle's paper was also published in the IAHR's 33rd Congress Proceedings.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Water providers from Colorado and Wyoming met with the Sweetwater County Joint Powers Water Board (JPWB) to open dialogue related to a potential water supply project from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwestern Wyoming. Mr. Frank Jaeger of the Parker Water and Sanitation District is leading a team of water suppliers and technical experts, including LWS, in evaluating whether a water supply project is technically, economically and environmentally feasible. This preliminary meeting was covered locally by the Daily Rocket-Miner on June 17, 2009.
AWRA 2009 Spring Specialty Conference
Mr. Bruce Lytle presented a paper at the AWRA Spring Specialty Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, co-authored by Mr. Frank Jaeger, District Manager for the Parker Water and Sanitation District, entitled "Managing Water Supplies and Quality in a Highly Urbanized Basin." This presentation described the cooperative basin-wide efforts toward water quantity and water quality management in the rapidly urbanizing Cherry Creek corridor in the southeastern Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area. The principal water supply entities in this basin collaborated on the Cherry Creek Aquifer Modeling Project (CCAMP) to evaluate if there are means to maximize and optimize the limited native renewable resources available in the basin.
Wyoming Water Law Conference
In April 2009 Mr. Lytle gave a presentation to the Wyoming Water Law Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming, discussing water rights and environmental permitting relative to his experience with Section 404 permitting under the Clean Water Act and preparation of Environmental Impact Statements associated with Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The presentation, entitled "Lessons From Parker, Colorado", examined Parker's growth and the need for water management given its current water rights portfolio. These issues led to the need to develop surface water storage, which required Federal permitting of the facility. Mr. Lytle discussed the required Federal permitting process, issues encountered during the permitting process, and the resultant water management strategies that were made possible through the permitting of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir.
Protection of Water Resources in Lake McConaughy, Nebraska
The Lytle Water Solutions team has been working with the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District in the development of numerical models for the Pumpkin Creek and North Platte River watersheds to evaluate the impact of ground water pumping on inflows to Lake McConaughy. On March 13, 2009, Mr. Bruce Lytle made a presentation to Central District Water Users at its annual meeting in Holdrege, Nebraska, entitled "Water Depletions and Allocations in the Nebraska Panhandle's North Platte River Basin" to describe the results of the model related to ongoing impacts to Lake McConaughy inflows and what reductions in ground water pumping would be necessary to produce meaningful restoration of flows to Lake McConaughy. This newsworthy meeting was covered locally by the Kearney Hub and the Omaha World-Herald.
AWRA 2008 Annual Water Resources Conference
Mr. Bruce Lytle, drawing on his experience from the two EIS's for Rueter-Hess Reservoir, presented the paper "Can Large Water Supply Projects be Built in Today's Climate?" at the 2008 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This presentation touched on issues of growth, water conservation, evaluating the least damaging alternative in the NEPA process, and the importance of publice relations.
Wyoming Water Association 2008 Annual Meeting
LWS presented "Fundamentals of Well Drilling & Well Design" at the Wyoming Water Association annual meeting in Casper, Wyoming in October 2008. The presentation explained aquifers in various geologic terranes, the appropriate drilling and well completion methods for different geology, as well as the key elements of well design and the issues and risks associated with drilling projects.
SDA 2008 Annual Meeting
Mr. Lytle, along with Messrs. Frank Jaeger and Jim Nikkel of the Parker Water and Sanitation District, presented the history, permitting, construction, and water management associated with Rueter-Hess Reservoir at the 2008 Colorado Special District Association annual meeting in Breckenridge. The talk was entitled "The Implementation of Parker Water and Sanitation District's Vision for a Sustainable Water Supply."
Rueter-Hess Reservoir Supplemental EIS
The Lytle Water Solutions team has provided hydrologic services to the third party consultant, URS Corporation, related to the expansion of Rueter-Hess Reservoir from 16,200 ac-ft to 71,920 ac-ft that has resulted in the issuance of the second Section 404 permit on April 11, 2008. The SEIS also includes regional partners: Castle Rock, Castle Pines North Metropolitan District, and Stonegate Village Metropolitan District. The LWS Purpose and Need Report and SEIS Scoping Summary (large pdf files - may be slow to download), and other related documents, can be viewed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Website, www.nwo.usace.mil.
Construction of the 16,200 ac-ft Rueter-Hess Reservoir was completed in November 2006. Construction on the expansion of Rueter-Hess Reservoir began in September 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2012. Details of the planning and development of Rueter-Hess can be found on these pages:
Reservoir Evolution: Maps show the planned development from the original design to its current configuration and then to its ultimate capacity. Mr. Lytle selected the reservoir location in 1985.
Reservoir Features: Shows how water will be routed to and from Rueter-Hess.
Reservoir Service Area: Location map of the service area delineated in the Rueter-Hess Reservoir Supplemental EIS.
Reservoir Construction Photos: Show construction progress of Phase 1, from May 2005 to November 2006.
Photos by Jackie Shumaker Photography.
AWRA 2007 Annual Water Resources Conference
Mr. Lytle presented preliminary results of the urban-rural water management projects at the 2007 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico; his talk was entitled "A Win-Win Scenario for Rural/Urban Water Supplies."
The Water Report
Mr. Lytle, in conjunction with Messrs. Frank Jaeger and Jim Nikkel of Parker Water and Sanitation District (PWSD), and Dr. Neil Hansen of Colorado State University, published a paper, "A Win-Win Scenario for Rural/Urban Water Supplies," in The Water Report (Issue #48, February 2008). This paper describes the results of the irrigation practice research that is ongoing at PWSD's farms in Logan County to evaluate if deficit irrigation practices and/or rotational fallowing can make water available for urban interests while still maintaining farming and healthy rural economies.
AWRA 2006 Symposium
Bruce Lytle presented a paper on adaptive water management at the AWRA 2006 Summer Specialty Conference in Missoula, Montana. Mr. Lytle's slideshow presentation, "Conversion of Municipal Water Supplies from Non-Renewable to Renewable Resources," described how the Parker Water and Sanitation District has adapted its water supply from being entirely reliant on non-renewable resources to one that will manage its non-renewable resources through surface water storage and develop renewable water resources from historic agricultural water supplies, using innovative crop management practices.
This presentation was given in conjunction with a presentation by Mr. Frank Jaeger, Parker Water and Sanitation District Manager, entitled "Successful Water Management Strategies." Mr. Jaeger's presentation describes the construction of Rueter-Hess Reservoir and its use as a water management tool, and the urban-rural water model, which seeks to use innovative crop management techniques to make water available to urban communities.
District 3 Water Trial
The Lytle Water Solutions team participated in the Division 3 Rules and Regulations trial regarding proposed new water regulations in the Rio Grande Basin. Expert testimony was presented in the areas of surface water hydrology, ground water hydrology, water rights and ground water modeling. The trial lasted six weeks, from January 31 to March 10, 2006; numerous press articles were released throughout the trial proceedings.
Cherry Creek Stewardship Conference Presentation
Bruce Lytle delivered a presentation on the fate and transport model of the upper Cherry Creek Basin, which is designed to assist in assessing the total maximum annual phosphorus load (TMAL) for Cherry Creek Reservoir. Mr. Lytle oversaw the monitoring of Cherry Creek Basin's surface and ground water flow and water quality for more than a decade. These data are being used in the modeling and TMAL process in which Mr. Lytle is participating as a technical peer reviewer.