Professional services provided by Lytle Water Solutions, LLC
SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY
Surface water systems provide the replenishable water in the hydrologic cycle that is renewable, but only available in finite quantities. It is, therefore, important to protect and manage available renewable water. Characterization of maximum and minimum flows, seasonal changes in flow, average or firm flows, and/or hydraulic interaction of surface flows with ground water flows may be the focal point of understanding a surface water system. These characterizations can be used for planning and water management purposes.
The LWS team has extensive experience in all aspects of surface water hydrology and the management of surface water supplies, and can provide services related to:
GROUND WATER HYDROLOGY
Ground water flow occurs under virtually all lands, whether in shallow alluvial aquifers associated with rivers, or bedrock aquifers that transport ground water tens to hundreds of feet below ground surface. A thorough understanding of the geologic terrane being evaluated is the first tep in providing comprehensive assessments of ground water-related issues since ground water flow varies greatly, depending on the geologic characteristics of the flow environment. The LWS team has professional engineers and geologists with decades of experience to assist with ground water issues related to:
Modeling tools, both analytical and numerical, can assist with addressing complex surface and ground water issues, as well as provide visual representations of hard-to-understand flow and water quality issues. Flow models can encompass solely surface water regimes, solely ground water regimes, and/or hydraulically-interactive surface and ground water regimes. They can also encompass basin-wide 3-dimensional numerical models to more simplistic 2-dimensional analytical models. Depending on the scope of the issue, LWS' team of experts can provide guidance to the appropriate modeling tool on a case-by-case basis.
In Colorado water rights are an integral part of any land use development, from farming to residential or industrial uses, to mining uses, as all water development and/or impacts to water quantity and quality is governed by the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation, the principle of "first in right, first in time." If existing rights are being affected by new uses, rights are sought to be changed in use, new water is put to beneficial use, or a new land use could affect water rights that have been put to beneficial use, LWS can assist with any type of new water right and/or defend existing rights from material injury due to others' actions. LWS has decades of experience in dealing with all types of water rights issues, including:
In both water rights and contamination issues, there is sometimes the need for expert testimony as part of the litigation of issue(s). LWS has lengthy experience and expertise to provide litigation support to attorneys in water rights cases in Water Court, as well as in water rights valuations, and the analysis and assessment of environmental issues with surface and ground water in State and Federal District Courts. Mr. Lytle has provided expert testimony in the areas of:
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER QUALITY
Environmental water quality issues can result from natural and anthropogenic sources and can affect both surface water and ground water. Identifying the location and extent of contaminants is key to tracking contaminant fate and transport and in assess remediation strategies. Developing water quality monitoring data is vital in evaluating impacts to surface water and ground water supplies and developing means to mitigate impacts.
LWS' team of engineers and hydrogeologists have decades of experience in providing consulting services in the environmental areas of:
- Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments
- Phase 2 Environmental Investigations
- Risk-based Site Characterizations
- Studies Related to Corrective Action Goals
- Remedial Investigations for Corrective Action Design
- Water Quality Monitoring Programs
- Source Water Protection & Sustainability for Drinking Water Supplies