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    Community Meeting to Review and Discuss the Indian Hills Groundwater Water Quality Modeling Project, October 4, 2016


    The Jefferson County Board of Health will host a meeting with the Indian Hills community on October 4, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Indian Hills Community Center, 5381 Parmalee Gulch Road, Indian Hills, CO 80454 to review and discuss the Indian Hills Groundwater Water Quality Modeling Project Report. This meeting is an initial step of a community engagement process around groundwater quality issues in the Indian Hills community.

    Background:
    In 2015, the Board of Health contracted Dr. Margaret Herzog, a professional engineer with PH Associates, LLC in Lakewood, Colorado to develop a groundwater model of the Parmalee Gulch basin utilizing existing available data sources to evaluate the impact of existing and potential new septic systems to groundwater resources. The purpose of the modeling study was to integrate over 40 years of research in the Turkey Creek watershed and Parmalee Gulch sub-basin, conduct advanced geospatial analysis, and review multiple lines of evidence to determine if and how planned and potential development might increase nitrate pollution in groundwater which serves Indian Hills private wells and the Indian Hills Water District (IHWD) public wells.

    In Parmalee Gulch, groundwater serves as the primary source of drinking water for many residents of Indian Hills, a residential community of approximately 1,200 people. Indian Hills is located just north of Colorado State Highway 285 and about 25 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado. To protect the groundwater system, a prohibition of septic systems on certain lots in Indian Hills was instituted by the Board of Health in 1979 because of elevated nitrate pollution from septic systems in the groundwater. Using existing water quality and land use data sets along with simple modeling methods, the modeling project was designed to inform future public health decision-making processes related to groundwater quality for the Indian Hills community.

    In August 2016, Jefferson County Public Health released the Indian Hills Groundwater Water Quality Modeling Project Report to the public and requested written feedback and comments.

    Public Invited to Submit Written Comments
    The Indian Hills Groundwater Water Quality Modeling Project Report news release can be accessed at http://jeffco.us/public-health/news/2016/indian-hills-groundwater-water-quality-modeling-project-report-released/. The public is invited to submit written comments to rlaws@jeffco.us or by mail to Roy Laws, Jefferson County Public Health, 645 Parfet St, Lakewood, CO 80125. 




    Nancy Braden
    Health Communications Coordinator
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    September 7, 2016

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    Last Updated: 9-7-2016