Town of Carbondale

Carbondale's water supply comes from Nettle CreekResource Engineering has assisted the Town of Carbondale with all facets of water supply planning and development since 1994. Key elements of our on-going services include: water yield analyses, water right evaluations and transfers, water quality protection and environmental permitting.

Water Yield Analysis

Carbondale’s drinking water supply comes from Nettle Creek, which originates from surface and ground water sources near the base of Mt. Sopris, immediately below the Hunter‑Fryingpan Wilderness Area. The water is extremely pure and represents one of the highest quality water sources in the State of Colorado. Due to the unique topographic and geologic characteristics of the water supply source areas, the Town asked RESOURCE to conduct a study to identify the reliable yield of the various surface and ground water sources. Using watershed modeling techniques, geologic analyses and on-site measurements, RESOURCE produced a series of hydrographs outlining available water supplies during average and drought year conditions. This information was integrated into the Town’s Water Supply Master Plan study.

Taking water quality measurementsWater Right Evaluations

As the Town’s water rights engineer, RESOURCE helps analyze and acquire senior water rights for the benefit of the Town’s water system. This work has included numerous water right changes, transfers, exchanges and plans for augmentation. In addition, RESOURCE was instrumental in development of the Town’s Water Rights Dedication Ordinance. Working with the Town’s water rights counsel, RESOURCE crafted a procedure to identify water rights, or cash-in-lieu payment, needed by the Town to offset municipal diversions associated with new development and annexation parcels.

Water Quality Protection

The Town of Carbondale has adopted a watershed protection ordinance designed to prevent potential contamination of its high quality water supply sources. RESOURCE is responsible for evaluating potential water quality impacts and designing and implementing effective mitigation measures. The Town and RESOURCE have successfully defended the Watershed Protection Ordinance in court where RESOURCE personnel provided expert testimony concerning the harmful effects of certain land uses and pollutants on the Town’s water system.

Workers installing pipesEnvironmental Permitting

RESOURCE assists the Town with obtaining a variety of federal, state and local environmental permits. Relevant permits and environmental reports that have been completed for the Town include the following: Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permit, Floodplain Permit, United State Forest Service Special Use Permit and preparation of Environmental Assessments.