City of Westminster On-Going Water Rights Support

City of Westminster On-Going Water Rights Support

ERC provides on-going water rights and water resources planning services for the City of Westminster focused on planning, developing and protecting the City’s water supply. These services include:

  • water rights evaluation and analysis,
  • participation in court proceedings and negotiations to acquire, transfer and protect water rights,
  • preparation of 26(a)(2) disclosures for water rights cases,
  • providing expert testimony in water rights litigation and determination of protective terms and conditions,
  • involvement in water rights agreements and settlements,
  • providing engineering calculations and reports related to water matters,
  • enhancement and development of water accounting procedures and forms,
  • performance of water resources modeling, planning and operational studies,
  • drought analyses, quantification of consumptive use related to water rights acquisition and change of use proceedings, and
  • investigating exchange potential and water availability (legal and physical).
Project Categories:
water-resource-planning

Denver Water Platte & Colorado Simulation Model (PACSM)

Moffat Collection System EIS

ERC was the surface water resource specialist tasked with reviewing Denver Water’s Platte and Colorado Simulation Model (PACSM) of the Colorado and South Platte River Basins for Denver Water’s Moffat Collection System Project EIS. ERC identified and implemented changes to improve PACSM. ERC’s review of modification of PACSM required detailed knowledge and understanding of South Platte and Colorado River basin administration, water rights, facilities and operations. ERC reviewed the configuration of each of the EIS alternatives in PACSM and was responsible for assessing Denver Water’s diversions under the EIS alternatives and the effects on other water rights and streamflows in the Colorado River and South Platte River basins. ERC used model output to complete the surface water impacts analysis and associated sections of the EIS document and support evaluations of resources affected by changes in flow and reservoir contents including wildlife, aquatic resources, recreation, stream channel morphology, wetlands and riparian habitat, floodplains, and water quality. ERC also assisted with the review of the Purpose and Need Statement and alternatives development and screening for the EIS process.

Project Categories:
water-resource-planning

Farmer’s Reservoir and Irrigation Company (FRICO) On-Going Water Rights Support

Farmer’s Reservoir and Irrigation Company (FRICO) On-Going Water Rights Support

ERC provides on-going water rights and water resources planning services for FRICO that includes planning, developing and protecting FRICO’s water supply. These services are focused primarily on water rights protection and participation in water rights cases on FRICO’s behalf. Services include:

  • participation in court proceedings and negotiations,
  • preparation of 26(a)(2) disclosures for water rights cases,
  • providing expert testimony in water rights litigation and determination of protective terms and conditions,
  • quantification of historical consumptive use related to change of use proceedings,
  • investigating exchange potential and water availability (legal and physical),
  • involvement in water rights agreements and settlements,
  • providing engineering calculations and reports related to water matters,
  • development of water accounting forms and on-going accounting support, and
  • performance of water resources modeling, planning and operational studies.
Project Categories:
water-resource-planning

Windy Gap Firming Project EIS

Windy Gap Firming Project EIS

ERC was the surface water resource specialist tasked with developing a model of the Colorado – Big Thompson (C-BT) and Windy Gap systems to evaluate the integrated operations of those projects and analyze the firm yield and hydrologic effects associated with Windy Gap Firming Project (WGFP) EIS alternatives. ERC used the State of Colorado’s CDSS model and BESTSM (a surface water allocation model) to develop an integrated WGFP model capable of simulating the C-BT and Windy Gap systems and Colorado and South Platte River basins. ERC configured the WGFP model to represent each of the EIS alternatives and simulated the model to generate hydrologic output.  ERC used the model to perform an assessment of Windy Gap water rights, including projected diversions under the EIS alternatives and the effects on other water rights and streamflows in the Colorado River and South Platte River basins. ERC used model output to complete the surface water impacts analysis and associated sections of the EIS document and support evaluations of resources affected by changes in flow and reservoir contents including wildlife, aquatic resources, recreation, stream channel morphology, wetlands and riparian habitat, floodplains, and water quality.

Project Categories:
water-resource-planning