Rueter-Hess Dam & Reservoir Project
Mr. O’Grady acted as the Project Liaison for all federal and Section 404 permitting for the new 16,000 acre-feet ($100M) dam and reservoir Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Parker Water and Sanitation District (PWSD). The new dam was eventually located off-channel in Newlin Gulch, a tributary of Cherry Creek located southeast of the Denver Tech Center in Douglas County, Colorado. Once construction was initiated, the communities of Castle Rock, Castle Pines North and Stonegate approached the PWSD about expanding the reservoir. Mr. O’Grady then assisted the PWSD with the preparation of a Supplemental EIS (SEIS) for the expansion to 72,000 AF. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approval was received in April, 2008 and construction for the expanded reservoir was completed in 2011; filling of the reservoir began in 2012. The earthen embankment dam is 196 feet tall and 7,675 long.