WorldWide Drilling Resource

25 NOVEMBER 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource® 257 Caroline Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 800-927-0560 • 814-427-2555 Fax: 814-427-5164 SERVING THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY Serving the Drilling Industry echnical Expertise of WorldWide Drilling Resource® nificant negative impact on agriculture and aquatic resources in the headwaters of the Colorado River. The Windy Gap Reservoir cut eservoir. A group of partners representing local agriculture, local government, water providers, and conservation groups have come e Colorado River; channel and habitat improvement downstream of the bypass; projects to improve irrigation, soil, water quality, and d 4500 acres of irrigated lands. Up to 11,000 acre-feet of water will be available to improve the river during low-flow conditions. oir. The reservoir is unchanneled, meaning it is right in the middle of the river, blocking the flow all the way across. This planned conColorado by routing the river around the dam of the Windy Gap Reservoir, creating a path for fish, water, and sediment to flow down mp Breeze Wildlife Area, and will open nearly two miles of the Colorado River to the public. ations for project construction. Northern Water, a company based in Colorado, was contracted to perform this vital service, and in er exposed the bottom, allowing engineering crews to perform geotechnical studies by drilling into soil and rock as part of the preconOM, a comprehensive infrastructure firm, to conduct drilling and dig test pits in and around the emptied reservoir. Locations of 12 test type of test was based on conditions encountered during the field investigations. Soil samples and rock cores were collected to help elevations downstream of the dam, as well as up in the floodplain above the dam. and rock cores to a Denver lab for analysis. The results of the geotechnical investigations will inform all facets of the bypass channel d, “We are hoping to have all of our designs completed and permits in hand in mid-2021, which will allow us to do some construction, new connectivity channel then in summer of 2023.”