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Innovative Irrigation Practices For Urban-Rural Water Management

Colorado State University and Parker Water and Sanitation District have been collaborating since 2006 on research investigating viable techniques related to rotational crop management and more efficient irrigation practices to make historic agricultural water available for municipal purposes, while maintaining a viable rural economy. The research has also involved developing the methodologies to satisfy the requirements of Water Court for a change of use. Bruce Lytle, of Lytle Water Solutions, is the Project Manager for this study. Preliminary results of the research were recently published in Colorado Water, Water-Conserving Cropping Systems: Lower South Platte Irrigation Research and Demonstration Project. PWSD received additional funding for this project on January 25, 2011 from the Colorado Water Conservation Board's (CWCB) Agricultural Transfer Grant fund. This study will be a keystone to successful water management strategies to provide reliable water supplies for both urban and rural interests, and will be the basis for potential Water Court actions to quantify water savings and transferrable consumptive use.

Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) Managed Aquifer Recharge, Storage, and Recovery Project (2010)

Lytle Water Solutions recently completed a 2-year pilot study, jointly funded by Cheyenne BOPU and the Wyoming Water Development Commission, that evaluated the feasibility of utilizing rapid infiltration basins and/or injection wells to recharge the Ogallala aquifer at the Cheyenne BOPU well fields to enhance their long-term sustainability and reliability. The results of the study, which appear favorable for a full-scale recharge project, were presented to the BOPU at their Board meeting on November 15, 2010:  Managed Aquifer Recharge Storage and Recovery Pilot Study Project.

Rueter-Hess Reservoir Tour (2010)

Parker Water and Sanitation District (PWSD) held an Open House at Rueter-Hess Reservoir on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Interested parties were able to go on a 2-mile self-guided driving tour across the dam and into the bottom of the Reservoir which, if full, would be 170 feet below water.

The Purpose and Need for Rueter-Hess Reservoir is to provide a water management tool for PWSD to optimize the use of limited water resources and to provide storage space for new, renewable water supplies that will meet PWSD's future demands.

RHR Pool - 2010
Rueter-Hess Reservoir Begins Storing Water

Lytle Water Solutions assisted the Parker Water and Sanitation District (PSWD) in obtaining a Substitute Water Supply Plan (SWSP) to allow limited storage to begin at Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The SWSP, obtained on May 10, 2010, allows PWSD to store water in Rueter-Hess up to 3,565 ac-ft until construction is complete, anticipated to be in early 2012. PWSD received approval from the Dam Safety Branch of the Colorado State Engineer's Office to begin storing water up to a pool elevation of 6,095 ft MSL on February 22, 2010.

Phase 2 Rueter-Hess Reservoir Construction

Phase 2 construction began in September 2008 and is expected to be completed in early 2012.

Phase 2 Reservoir Construction Photos: Show construction progress of Phase 2, from 2008 to 2012.

Photos by Jackie Shumaker Photography.

Colorado Public Works Journal (Dams & Reservoirs), Volume 6, Issue 3, 2010.
NGWA 2010 Ground Water Summit

Colorado State University / Parker Water and Sanitation District Urban - Rural Water Management Project

Colorado State University (CSU) and the Parker Water and Sanitation District (PWSD) are beginning the third year of a 4-year research study investigating viable techniques related to rotational crop management and more efficient irrigation practices to make historic agricultural water available for municipal purposes, while maintaining a viable rural economy. PWSD has received funding for this project from the Metro Roundtable and from the Colorado Water Conservation Board's (CWCB) Agricultural Transfer Grant fund. Bruce Lytle, of Lytle Water Solutions, is the Project Manager for this 4-year study. This study will be a keystone to successful water management strategies to provide reliable water supplies for both urban and rural interests, and will be the basis for potential Water Court actions to quantify water savings and transferrable consumptive use.

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