Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company, Inc.
The Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company, Inc (CRMC) was formed in 2015 to implement the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project.
CRMC is committed to implementing environmental mitigation and recreational modifications to allow reliable water storage to enhance water supplies for current and future generations.
Board of Directors and General Manager
Randy Ray, President, Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company / Executive Director, Central Colorado Water Conservancy District
Randy serves as President of the CRMC Board of Directors and is a member of the Project Coordination Team.
Central Colorado Water Conservancy District (CCWCD) is located in Greeley, Colorado. Randy Ray serves as Executive Director of CCWCD. CCWCD’s goal is to develop, promote, and implement water conservation, augmentation, and management strategies to protect water resources for the benefit of the citizens of the District and its Subdistricts.
CCWCD has two augmentation plans, the Groundwater Management Subdistrict (GMS) and the Well Augmentation Subdistrict (WAS) operating in Adams, Weld and Morgan Counties. GMS and WAS have 82,000 Acre Feet of combined consumptive use. Quota’s have ranged from 35 to 50% in GMS and 0 to 55% in WAS since 2005.
Randy Ray was born and raised in Weld County, Colorado. He grew up on a dairy farm near LaSalle and attended Valley High School in Gilcrest. Randy went on to study at Northeastern Junior College then earned a degree in Agronomy from Colorado State University. He began his career at Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in 1993, and became Executive Director in 2011. Randy serves on multiple ditch company boards and is currently a member of the Groundwater Technical Committee for the South Platte Basin Roundtable.
Scott Roush, Vice President, Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company /
Park Manager, Chatfield State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Scott Roush represents Colorado Parks and Wildlife on both the CRMC Board of Directors and the Project Coordination Team. Scott Roush is the Park Manager at Chatfield State Park. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has secured additional storage in Chatfield Reservoir to be used as an environmental pool to benefit both recreational opportunities and downstream flows.
A Colorado native, Roush graduated from Colorado State University with a Wildlife Biology degree. He has worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife for over 18 years. In addition to his work at Chatfield State Park, he has worked at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Cherry Creek State Park, the Public Safety & Training Unit, Barr Lake State Park and Staunton State Park.
Jim Nikkel, Secretary, Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company /
Manager, Castle Pines North Metropolitan District
Jim serves as Secretary of the CRMC Board of Directors.
Castle Pines North Metropolitan District (CPNMD) is located in Northern Douglas County, Colorado and provides Water, Wastewater, Storm Water, and Parks, Open Space, and Trails services to a community of approximately 10,000 residents. Jim is manager of CPNMD.
Similar to the majority of water providers in Northern Douglas County, the District is currently dependent upon non-renewable ground water from the Denver Basin aquifers that underlie the region.
The District has been pursuing renewable surface water sources to replace its non-renewable ground water since the early 2000’s. With the completion of the Chatfield Reallocation Project, the District will have one additional tool in its overall Strategic Renewable Water Implementation Plan that will allow it to capture surface water rights in addition to reusable return flows and put those sources to beneficial use.
Many in the region and throughout Colorado know Jim Nikkel, if not personally, then by reputation. Nikkel served 14 years as District Engineer, and more recently as Assistant District Manager, for the Parker Water and Sanitation District. He spearheaded the design and construction of Rueter-Hess Reservoir, a 70,000 acre-foot water storage facility, which is the single largest such facility constructed in Colorado in over 30 years. Jim also served as Project Manager for the Parker District’s new $50 million state-of-the-art water treatment plant. Jim became CPNMD’s Manager in September 2013. He received his engineering degree from Metropolitan State College.
John Kilrow, Treasurer, Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company /
Senior Vice President, Colorado Development, Shea Properties
John serves as Treasurer of the CRMC Board of Directors.
John is Senior Vice President, Colorado Development for Shea Properties. He leads entitlement efforts, oversees land sales, master planning, and design and functional review of the company’s Colorado office, retail and apartment projects. He was instrumental in the development of the successful Highlands Ranch master plan.
John has been a member of the Centennial Water & Sanitation District for over 20 years, where his focus was on construction activities of the district including South Platte Reservoir, and improvements at the Joe Blake Water Treatment Plant.
Lauren Ris, Board Member, Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company /
Acting Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Lauren represents the Colorado Water Conservation Board on the CRMC Board of Directors and sits on the Project Coordination Team.
Lauren currently serves as Acting Director for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Prior to joining CDNR, Lauren worked for Colorado Legislative Council where she staffed the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee and the Water Resources Review Committee. Previously, Lauren worked for the Natural Resources Law Center in Boulder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C. She also has experience in the non-profit sector.
Lauren has a master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Oregon.
Tim Feehan, General Manager, Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company
Tim Feehan was hired as the General Manager for the CRMC in June of 2016. Tim assists the CRMC Board and Members, and the Project Program Manager on technical and management matters related to the implementation of the CSRP. Tim also works directly with the Program Manager in organizing and directing the CRMC support consultants that are assisting with the environmental and recreational design components of the Project. Additionally, Tim coordinates and arranges regular, special, and annual board meetings, and provides day-to-day support to Project participants in meeting their Project objectives.
Tim has 30 plus years of experience in civil engineering design and construction, water resources, water policy, and project management. Prior to coming onboard as the CRMC General Manager, Tim was the Deputy Director for the Colorado Water Conservation Board and also served as the Engineering Manager for Boulder County. Tim received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1985 and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.
The Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project is a partnership among eight water providers in the Denver metropolitan area and northeast Colorado. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is the non-federal sponsor. Each organization will receive a varying amount of storage space at Chatfield once the reallocation is complete. The result adds an additional 20,600 acre feet of storage capacity in Chatfield Reservoir.
Project participants and the percentage and storage amount currently invested in the project include:
- Colorado Water Conservation Board – 6,883 AF, 33.41%
- Centennial Water and Sanitation District – 6,922 AF, 33.6%
- Central Colorado Water Conservancy District – 4,274 AF, 20.75%
- Castle Pines North Metro District – 1,006 AF, 4.88%
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife – 1,000 AF, 4.85%
- Castle Rock – 374 AF, 1.82%
- Center of Colorado Water Conservancy District – 131 AF, .64%
- Castle Pines Metro District – 10 AF, .05%
Participating organizations include:
Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife each recognize the tremendous recreational, fishery and wildlife values of Chatfield State Park. Taking advantage of existing infrastructure and maximizing yield from Chatfield is the most environmentally responsible option to provide additional water for Colorado. With the approved fish, wildlife and recreational mitigation Chatfield State Park will continue to provide the same value to its users.
Castle Pines Metropolitan District is participating in the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project for the purpose of securing storage of existing renewable water rights and future acquisitions of renewable water rights.
The District relies on nontributary and not nontributary ground water in the Denver Basic aquifers. There is general concern in the south metro area about the life expectancy of these aquifers. In addition, continued draw-down of these aquifers is anticipated to require an increasing number of wells in order to achieve current production levels. The District intends to use this extra storage space to decrease its dependency on Denver Basin water.
The District has secured renewable water rights that will be available primarily during high flows. The new storage in Chatfield Reservoir will allow the District to capture this water when available and use it when needed. With the addition of the Chatfield storage, the District could store its renewable sources and reduce its demand on nonrenewable groundwater.
Whether it’s a hot bath at the end of a long day or a cool glass of water to quench your thirst, water is essential. Most of us turn on the faucet and expect that water will automatically flow. We seldom question the source of that water and usually take it for granted.
Securing renewable water supplies is a top priority for the Castle Pines North Metropolitan District and many other water providers in our area. Our Metropolitan District leaders have long had a sense of urgency about renewable water. In a recent survey, by an overwhelming margin, the people of Castle Pines revealed that “securing reliable, long-term renewable water” is the single most vital challenge our community faces.
Our community is involved in the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project for the same reasons as many water providers in the region. We need a place to store existing and future renewable water supplies. We believe that expanding the existing Chatfield Reservoir provides a responsible opportunity to store renewable water for the ratepayers we serve and represent.
Securing a long-term, renewable and sustainable water supply for current customers, and future growth, is a priority for the Town of Castle Rock. The Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project allows Castle Rock to capture renewable water supplies at an existing water storage reservoir. Those supplies can then be stored for a reasonable cost. This provides flexibility for the Town when considering new water rights along Plum Creek.
For additional information pertaining to Castle Rock’s participation in this project, go to CRgov.com/regionalwater.
Securing a sustainable water supply is one of the primary missions of Centennial Water and Sanitation District, which serves Highlands Ranch. The Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project allows Centennial Water to develop new, renewable surface water supplies at a nearby existing water storage reservoir further assuring the reliability and cost effectiveness of its water supplies while responsibly addressing the impacts of the project.
The Center of Colorado Water Conservancy District (District), with a service area that encompasses all of Park County, including the headwaters of the North and South Forks of the South Platte River; co-owns and manages a blanket augmentation plan with the Upper South Platte Water Conservancy District through the Headwater Authority of the South Platte (HASP). The District is participating in the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project in order to improve its augmentation operations by adding needed storage space at the lower reaches of its augmentation plan. Of the 20,600 acre-feet proposed to be reallocated, the District would receive 131.3 acre-feet of storage, or 0.64% of the total reallocation.
The District is dedicated to buying senior water rights within Park County, changing and finding storage for those rights, and providing augmentation water to households, businesses, public institutions, and subdivisions; with a special emphasis on bringing those out-of-compliance into compliance with Colorado water law. The District’s participation in the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project will allow it to better serve the increasing demands of its service area constituents.
Central Colorado Water Conservancy District (CCWCD) has been developing water supplies, along with promoting agricultural water conservation practices for 50 years in Adams, Morgan and Weld Counties.
Since 1973, CCWCD has provided water for augmentation purposes to allow irrigators in the South Platte River Basin to pump groundwater. The location of Chatfield Reservoir on the upper South Platte, along with CCWCD’s 1984 water storage right, provides a substantial water supply at a prime location. Water storage creates the ability to make timely releases for needs in the District. There are 448,654 irrigated acres in CCWCD’s boundaries.
Currently, there is an annual water shortage of more than 64,000 AF within CCWCD and its Subdistricts. CCWCD’s 4,274 AF of storage in Chatfield Reservoir will make a large difference in narrowing the gap to meet municipal, industrial and agricultural demands.