Uncovering Dillon’s underwater footprint

Mile High Water Talk

Survey team scans reservoir bottom

By Jay Adams

Like modern-day treasure hunters, they scour Dillon Reservoir looking for clues. Angelo Martinez, Jerry Kahl and Art Cardona are Denver Water surveyors on a quest to map the bottom of the reservoir.

“This hasn’t been mapped underwater since the reservoir was built back in 1963,” said Martinez. “Accurate maps are critical because they provide details of Dillon’s water storage capacity.”

Denver Water surveyors Jerry Kahl, Art Cardona and Angelo Martinez, spent the summer mapping Dillon Reservoir.

Martinez’s team uses a specially designed hydrographic survey boat — aptly named “Reservoir Dog” — to capture contour details of the reservoir bottom.

The survey team collects millions of data points that serve as clues to piece together a picture of what Dillon looks like under the surface. Denver Water uses the data to inform reservoir maintenance, dam safety and planning decisions.

Kahl navigates the…

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