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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Ken Mitchell Lakes Cell 1 Spillways project wins award

 The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association has announced the City of Brighton Ken Mitchell Lakes Cell 1 Spillways project as one of this year’s extraordinary projects.

The Ken Mitchell Lakes Cell 1 Spillways Project was conceived out of an urgent need for flood protection following breaches of the Ken Mitchell Lakes area from South Platte River flooding in 2013 and 2015. Cell 1 serves as a storage lake for augmentation water to the South Platte and is therefore crucial to the operation of Brighton’s augmentation system, which supports the City’s ability to procure potable water for its citizens. By completing the spillways between Cell 1 and the South Platte River and between Cell 1 and Erger’s Pond, Cell 1 is significantly better protected from potential flooding of the South Platte in the future, thereby protecting the City’s water resources and saving considerable costs of future repairs after the next river flood event.

Through excellent hydraulic analysis and project management, the cost of the project was considerably reduced without cutting back on the value provided by the project. Therefore, the Cell 1 Spillways project is an excellent example of a high quality infrastructure improvement that accomplished its goals by efficient design and effective project management.

The project will be honored at the Annual Colorado APWA Awards Luncheon Monday, Oct. 23, for its environmental sustainability.

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