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District projects in the news

Jewell Wetlands

The Jewell Wetlands project was a joint effort between Aurora and the District to provide flood detention in the upper Westerly Creek watershed, while preserving what the E PA described as one of metro Denver's most important wetlands. The prime consultant for the project, Design Concepts, received two design awards from the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The project received the CCASLA's Merit Award for Design, and a special Land Stewardship Award, which recognizes a project that creates a model for future projects by other landscape architects.

Leyden Dam

Leyden Dam, a water supply reservoir for about 90 years, was converted to a flood control facility by Arvada, Westminster, Jefferson County and the District. An article describing the design and construction of the project was the cover story in the July, 2002, issue of Public Works magazine.

Parkfield Lake II

The project consists of a 7-acre stormwater detention pond/wetland, approach channel and 56th Ave. crossing constructed on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) by the Parkfield developers. The District acted as facilitator of the agreement between the RMA, Parkfield and Denver which allowed the project. As part of the agreement, Denver assumed the maintenance of the completed facility. In turn, the District agreed to make the project eligible for District maintenance assistance. This made it easier for Denver to accept the responsibility. The District also contributed one-third of the cost of the 56th Ave. crossing. The DIA Partnership, at its 2nd Annual "The Sky's the Limit Awards Event" presented an award to the project, stating, in part, that, "This project added to the sustainable and smart growth image of the (DIA) district in a demonstrable way that coalesces commercial, residential and open space recreational land uses."

Scott Tucker named Friend of the River

Executive Director Scott Tucker received the Greenway Foundation's Friend of the River Award at a dinner held on November 21 at Platte River Station. Approximately 300 people attended the event. The featured speaker was noted Denver history expert, Dr. Tom Noel.
Award Dinner  Award Dinner
Scott Tucker visits with well wishers and shows his award to the audience.

Colorado Division of Wildlife recognized by District

Cathy Reynolds & Russell George

Chairman Reynolds presenting the awards to the Colorado Division of Wildlife Director, Russell George, and Wildlife Biologist, Dave Weber
Cathy Reynolds & Dave Weber

At the April, 2002, meeting of the Board of Directors, Chairman Cathy Reynolds presented a plaque to the Colorado Division of Wildlife honoring them for their contribution toward improving urban stream corridors in the Denver Metropolitan area.   The District also recognized the contributions of Dave Weber, Wildlife Biologist, for his leadership role for Purple Loosestrife and weed control.

District wins accounting award

For the fourteenth year in a row the District has received a "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The certificate is presented to government units whose comprehensive annual financial reports achieve the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting. Congratulations to Frank Dobbins, Chief of Finance and Accounting, for continuing this string of awards.

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