Hartland Diversion Dam and Whitewater Park

  • Location: Delta, CO
  • Owner/Designer: Painted Sky RCD/ Merrick Engineers
  • Cost: $1,795,658.00
  • Completion: March 2012

Scope and Awards

​The Hartland Diversion Dam and Whitewater Park allows endangered fish species to freely navigate the Gunnison River while also allowing improving recreational use:

  • Safe passage downstream
  • Specific section designated for a kayak and rafting park

KGCI began the project by constructing a 20’ wide x 600’ long cofferdam consisting of boulders, pit-run, over-sized riprap, and lining and cobble to protect the site from flooding. 

For the dewatering process, KGCI placed 4 gravel packed sumps in various locations throughout the site to mitigate the high levels of ground water.  

Site construction began by removing the existing 6’ tall x 275’ wide dam structure. The new main feature construction consisted of 10,000 CY of excavated material and placement of 10,500 CY of riprap set to specific elevations and held in place by 3,100 CY of grout.

Awarded the Environmental/Design/Maintenance/Operations Award (2012) by the Colorado chapter of The American Public Works Journal.

Recognized as one of the most innovative projects in the US by Civil Engineering Magazine (2012)

Contact Us


PO Box 682, Cedaredge, CO 81413

10094 HWY 65, Austin, CO 81410

Telephone: (970) 835-7910

Fax: (970) 835-7911