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Public meetings scheduled to discuss Cherry Creek Dam studies

Published Sept. 8, 2016
A round of storms Sept. 14, 2013, impacted the Cherry Creek basin causing pool elevations at Cherry Creek reservoir to enter the flood control pool. Cherry Creek peaked at a pool elevation of 5553.4 ft on Sept. 25, more than 12 feet below the record pool of 5565.8 feet in 1973. Major transportation routes and a large population, which makes up the Denver metropolitan area are located downstream from Cherry Creek Dam.

A round of storms Sept. 14, 2013, impacted the Cherry Creek basin causing pool elevations at Cherry Creek reservoir to enter the flood control pool. Cherry Creek peaked at a pool elevation of 5553.4 ft on Sept. 25, more than 12 feet below the record pool of 5565.8 feet in 1973. Major transportation routes and a large population, which makes up the Denver metropolitan area are located downstream from Cherry Creek Dam.

OMAHA, NE - Three public meetings to provide an update on the status of two studies taking place at Cherry Creek Dam are scheduled for the week of September 20.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host meetings to provide a status update on alternatives under consideration to address risks from extreme storm events associated with Cherry Creek Dam including a study to modify the dam’s water control plan.

The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church
  • Rooms 112/113 (Main Building)
  • 10150 E. Belleview Avenue
  • Englewood, CO 80111
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Virginia Village Library
  • 1500 S. Dahlia Street
  • Denver, CO 80222
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Aurora Municipal Center
  • City Café
  • 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
  • Aurora, CO 80012

The public meetings will include a presentation and an open house to provide the public an opportunity to ask questions about Cherry Creek Dam and the alternatives being presented and considered as part of the Dam Safety Modification Study and Water Control Plan Modification Study.

Meeting materials will be made available online following the meetings at go.usa.gov/cQ7hP.

Background: Cherry Creek Dam and Reservoir is located in the southeast Denver metropolitan area on Cherry Creek, 11.4 miles upstream of its confluence with the South Platte River.

In 2005, (post-Katrina) USACE began screening its dams (approximately 700 across the U.S.) to determine each dam’s risk level. Cherry Creek Dam received an elevated risk rating primarily because of the large downstream population and the potential for overtopping during an extremely rare precipitation event.

A dam safety modification study began in 2013 and is being conducted in accordance with USACE policy as described in Engineering Regulation 1110-2-1156 “Safety of Dams – Policy and Procedures.” An Environmental Impact Statement is also being prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended.


Contact
Eileen Williamson
402-995-2417
eileen.l.williamson@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20160908-001