Jan 09

AWRA Colorado Section January 2015 Luncheon

AWRA Colorado Section January 2015 Luncheon

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Tuesday January 20, 2015

The Wise Partnership – On to Implementation!

Rick Marsicek, South Metro Water Supply Authority; David Bennett, Denver Water


The Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency (WISE) Partnership is a regional cooperative water supply project between Aurora Water, Denver Water, and the South Metro WISE Authority.  After eight years of engineering studies and complex negotiations, the final agreements comprising WISE were executed at the end of 2014.    WISE uses Aurora’s Prairie Waters Project to deliver Aurora and Denver’s reusable water from the South Platte River to Aurora.  The water is then treated at Aurora’s Binney Treatment plant and delivered to the recently purchased East Cherry Creek Western pipeline.  Additional connecting infrastructure needed to get water from the Western pipeline to the ten South Metro WISE Authority members and Denver Water will be completed in the next two years with water deliveries beginning in 2016.  WISE is a unique cooperative supply project that combines excess infrastructure capacity with existing water sources to create a new sustainable water supply.  This presentation will cover the history of WISE, how it works, implementation, and lessons learned in the development of a complex, multi-party cooperative project.

Speaker Bios:

Rick Marsicek is the Director of Engineering for the South Metro Water Supply Authority (SMWSA) and is responsible for assisting SMWSA with the planning, design, construction, and operation of renewable water projects.  Prior to joining SMWSA, Rick was the Water Resources Planning Manager for Aurora Water, the third largest water provider in the state of Colorado and one of SMWSA’s partners in the WISE Partnership.  On weekends, Rick and his family put Colorado’s water to beneficial use by inspecting the snowpack or making waves on mountain reservoirs.

David Bennett grew up in New Jersey, but left as soon as possible to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder.  David has been in the Water Resources field in Colorado for the past 30 years.  He is a Water Resources Project Manager at Denver Water, where he has worked since 1995.  David splits his time between directing the daily operation of Denver’s South Platte River water collection system, and trying to develop new water supply projects such as WISE.  When not working on water issue he can often be found standing in water, fly-fishing.

Joe Stibrich is the Deputy Director of Water Resources for Aurora Water in Aurora, Colorado. As Deputy Director, he manages the City’s water resources programs, which include the operation of existing raw water supplies in the South Platte, Colorado, and Arkansas River basins; and the planning, organization, direction, and implementation of comprehensive strategies and programs for long-range development of Aurora’s water resources, including ground water and surface water development and management and planning for short- and long-range capital improvement and expansion water resources projects.

Prior to joining Aurora Water in 2007, Joe worked for 27 years as a water resources engineer in Colorado for several local and national consulting firms, directing and conducting environmental, water rights and water supply investigations for both the public and private sector for projects located throughout the Western U.S.

Joe holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from THE Ohio State University, the Undisputed 2014 College Football National Champions! He and his wife, JoAnn, live in Aurora and have three children – all grown, living and working in Boulder, Denver, and Tucson.

Denver Water, 3rd Floor Board Room

Brown Bag lunch and networking at 12:00; Program begins at 12:30

(Click here for driving directions)

Please note alternative routes due to construction on 6th Avenue!

We will not be ordering lunch for this event!

Please feel free to “brown-bag” it.

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