Photos: Gross Reservoir aerials, May 2019

This photo gallery features images shot during a Lighthawk aerial photo flight over Gross Dam and Reservoir, west of Boulder.

Denver Water has proposed raising the dam by 131 feet to increase the reservoir’s storage capacity, but the plan is opposed by some neighbors and environmental groups. Gross Reservoir lies along South Boulder Creek and receives water from the western side of the Continental Divide through the Moffatt Tunnel.

DateMay 31, 2019
LocationGross Dam and Reservoir, southwest of Boulder, Colorado (map)
PhotographerMitch Tobin
OrganizationThe Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder
RightsFree to reuse under Creative Commons license, with credit to “Mitch Tobin/WaterDesk.org, with aerial support provided by Lighthawk”

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Map of flight route

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