Field Trips

Details will be added as they become available.
Agenda subject to change.
Updated 21 March 2019

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Monday, March 25

Denver Zoo Water Conservation Tour

8:00 am – 12:00 pm | $75

Participants will need to be able to walk around the laboratories.

Visit Denver Zoo and get a water conservation tour.


Tour of Farmer Best Management Practices to Improve Water Quality Plus Drones!
Status: FULL

8:30 am – 12:00 pm | $35

Participants will need to able to do a little hiking to get to the site. Weather dependent.

Tour of Farm site/s on Little Thompson River with farmer designed grass filter strips (and other BMPs if available), for control of selenium, E. coli, nutrients and sediment. Tour will include edge-of-field water monitoring equipment, soil sensors and remote telemetry, a discussion of farmer goals and preliminary outcomes. A demonstration and discussion of the use of drones in agriculture and ag water quality will also be included.


Wildfire and Water Supplies: Tour of Fourmile Canyon Burned Area

8:30 am – 1:30 pm | $45

Participants will need to able to do some hiking. Weather dependent. Please bring a lunch.

Tour of Fourmile Canyon burned area (west of Boulder) to discuss effects of wildfire on water supplies.


Tour of Denver Water Recycling Plant

9:00 am – 11:30 am | $40

Weather dependent.

Denver Water’s Recycling Plant treats and delivers billions of gallons of water every year for industrial and outdoor irrigation uses. Once build-out is complete, the recycled water system will free up enough drinking water to serve almost 43,000 households.


Tour of Denver’s New Green Infrastructure Projects

9:00 am – 12:00 pm | No cost, but pre-registration is required.
Status: FULL

Participants will need to be able to walk for several miles. Weather dependent. Lunch on own.

Visit several of Denver’s new green infrastructure projects in the downtown area plus stop(s) at brewery. The tour will visit to Denver’s River North Neighborhood to see stormwater planters on Brighton Blvd., end of storm pipe treatment systems (including a green outlet and a UV system), a green alley, and rain gardens. If time permits, we will also visit a water quality BMP at 21st and Broadway which incorporates multiple types of green infrastructure. Field trip guides will discuss BMP design and construction, maintenance and performance monitoring.


Tour of Mine and Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Plant

9:00 am – 3:00 pm | $40

Some time outdoors, so weather could be an issue. Lunch on own.

Visit treatment plant at ARGO mine. This tour would include a brief summary of mining in Colorado and history of the Central City/Clear Creek Superfund Site. The group would enter the Argo Tunnel to see the flow-through bulkhead installed about 90’ in followed by a thorough tour of the WTP, which uses a High Density Sludge lime-precipitation process, clarification and filtration. This would also include operation of the filter press for dewatering of the metal hydroxide precipitates, and a discussion on disposal versus reuse. See for a description of the tour. Could include lunch at Tommyknockers brewery.


Next Generation Field Methods

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | No cost, but pre-registration is required.
Status: FULL

Short walk to site. Weather dependent.

Three “stations” on this USGS guided tour. (1) Field demonstration of methods for next generation radar gage monitoring of streamflow, stream velocity, and gage height; (2) demonstrations of flow weighted and dip sample collection methods and on-site sample processing techniques; and (3) demonstration of biological sampling methods.


Tour of Ice Core Laboratory and National Water Quality Laboratory

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $45

This tour would include a trip to the Denver Federal Center with stops and tours of the National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility and the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory.


Tour of Chatfield Farms Riparian Restoration

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm | $45

Participants will need to able to do a little hiking to get to the site. Weather dependent.

Learn about riparian restoration at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. Tour project being done along the section of Deer Creek that flows through Chatfield Farms. The work has included improving wildlife habitat, weed management, planting native species, and monitoring the biodiversity of the site.


Behind the Scenes of Water Treatment Engineering at Its Best – Aurora Water’s Binney Water Purification Facility

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm | $35

Attendees will get a unique behind the scenes look into what the City of Aurora has pioneered into an industry-leading technology for water quality. The Binney Water Purification Facility, which was completed in 2010 as part of Aurora Water’s now infamous Prairie Waters system, uses state-of-the-art technology to treat highly impaired water received from the South Platte River downstream of Denver-metro as well as mountain snow melt water stored in Aurora Reservoir. The facility treats and blends both sources so that combined, they are indistinguishable from Aurora’s other supplies. Attendees will watch a short video and tour the facility grounds to see first-hand technologies such as precipitative softening, advanced oxidation utilizing ultraviolet photolysis and hydrogen peroxide, biological filtration and granular activated carbon adsorption. Come see a project that has been leading the way in innovation for indirect potable reuse for nearly 10 years!


Tuesday, March 26

Tour of Denver’s National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) Air Monitoring Site

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | No cost, but pre-registration is required.
Status: FULL

Participants will need to climb a ~8-foot ladder to get to the top of the builder where the sampling equipment is. Only 4 at a time on roof.

Visit Denver NADP air monitoring platform. See NADP equipment, sample change out, data download, and hear description of USGS urban deposition project.


Friday, March 29

Tour and Hike at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9:00 am – 1:00 pm | $40

Participants will need to be able to walk for several miles and climb stairs. Weather could be an issue.

Visit Red Rocks, hike the trading post loop trail (1.5 miles), visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame (at the Park), stop at brewery in Golden or eat lunch at the Ship Rock Grill.