The Standley Lake Protection Project

by Joseph Green-Heffern, (M.ASCE),
David J. Kaunisto, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Until recently, there has been no physical separation between potentially contaminated runoff from the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant and Standley Lake, the nearby water supply for over 200,000 people in the northwest Denver metropolitan area. Because of a unique cooperative effort by local, state, and federal governments, this separation now exists. With grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Cities of Westminster, Northglenn, and Thornton, Colorado spearheaded a 5-year effort to build the $28.3 million Standley Lake Protection Project that now protects human health as well as a vital water resource valued at $500 million. This paper describes the project and its implementation and highlights the creative solutions, flexibility, and stakeholder cooperation needed to overcome obstacles in a complex regulatory environment.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Project management | Water pollution | Urban areas | Federal government | Public health and safety | Water resources | Construction management | Colorado | United States | Denver

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