Standley Lake and Clear Creek Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP)


In 2008, the cities that rely on the Upper Clear Creek Watershed and Standley Lake for their drinking water supply (Westminister, Northglenn and Thornton), with a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), came together to develop a Source Water Protection Plan for the watershed.  Click here to download a pdf of the full plan.

A diverse group of stakeholders was convened as the Steering Committee for the project. Of primary concern are the financial and water supply risks related to potential nutrient contamination of one or more of Standley Lake’s water sources. 

In 2010 the Steering Committee endorsed a Source Water Protection Plan that establishes a Protection Area similar to the source water assessment areas defined by the State, and focusing voluntary source water protection measures in this area. 

The Steering Committee also recommended implementing the following list of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Standley Lake and Clear Creek Source Water Protection Area:

*  Call-Down System Enhancement 
* Standley/Clear Creek Source Water Protection Plan
*  Wastewater Treatment Plant Optimization 
*  Participation in annual Clear Creek Watershed Festival
*  Participation in annual Household Chemical / Hazardous Materials Clean-Up Day 
*  Conduct Watershed Assessments for Prioritizing Fire Risk 
*  Implementation of regular inspection and pumping program for Onsite Wastewater Systems 
*  Implementation of a community education/outreach campaign on the effects of nutrient enrichment 
*  Installation runoff and sediment controls
*  Reduction of levels of phosphorus in consumer and industrial products.

The Call-Down System Enhancement Plan was completed in August, 2010.  The Steering Committee will address additional BMPs as resources allow. 
                                                For more information contact Rob Buirgy at (303) 953-8342.