A look back at my days developing software for Denver Wastewater

Coyote Gulch at the Midnight Classic in 2011
Coyote Gulch at the Midnight Classic in 2011

January 3rd was the fifteenth anniversary of the implementation of some software that my team developed for the City of Denver’s Wastewater Management Division. That’s a good long time for software in this day and age. That time at Wastewater was the zenith of my IT career and the successful go-live event that morning was the peak.

If you own property in Denver County you get an invoice each year from the stormwater enterprise fund. That’s our software.

The software, dubbed Storm 2000, was a Y2K remediation but because of the one year billing cycle we had to go live in January 1999.

Over time the system grew to be the first in Denver to accept online payments, rolling out in English and Spanish on the first day.

For the geeks out there — our team was agile before agile was cool. We built the system as a Java native client and wrote our own server that ran, along with Oracle, on a Digital Alpha box running UNIX. The application, now known as StormMerge, has morphed to a richer native client, JBoss and Oracle running on a Linux cluster.

Thanks to Larry, Betty, Charles, Robert, Joanne, Ryan, Mecia, Santiago, Rodolfo, Bill, Bobbi, Sam, Ron and Richard — all team members at one time or another.

I’m beginning to tear up thinking about the high cool factor in working with you over the years.

As Mecia wrote in email, “StormMerge lives!”

The McElmo Flume restoration project scores $15,000 from Southwestern Water

McElmo Creek Flume via the Cortez Journal
McElmo Creek Flume via the Cortez Journal

From the Cortez Journal (Jim Mimiaga):

The McElmo Flume restoration project gained some traction recently when the Southwestern Water Conservation District board agreed to contribute $15,000 in matching funds pending approval of a grant.

Montezuma County has applied for a $122,700 grant from the Colorado State Historic Fund to repair the flume’s foundation.

If approved in February, a 25 percent match of $41,000 is required by May.

The county has agreed to pitch in $2,500 toward the match if awarded the funds.

“We’re looking for another $24,000 in matching funds if the grant is approved,” said Linda Towle, a historic-site advocate and volunteer. “We will continue our fundraising efforts.”

Built in the 1880s, the wooden flume was a marvel of engineering, delivering water to Towaoc and area ranches. It operated until 1992 but was replaced by the concrete canals of the McPhee Project and has since fallen into disrepair.

More San Juan Basin coverage here and here.

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