Thornton – General Water Rights

Thornton – General Water Rights


City of Thornton, Colorado

Deere & Ault Consultants, Inc. staff have provided general water rights consulting to the City of Thornton since 1983. Deere & Ault staff have provided litigation support to Thornton as an applicant for water rights filings involving direct flow appropriations, water storage appropriations, changes of use, augmentation plans, and exchanges; and as an objector to water rights filings that may injure the City’s water rights.


Deere & Ault staff have provided the City of Thornton with general water rights consulting services since 1983.
Litigation support for Thornton’s new water rights filings and litigation support as an objector to protect
Thornton’s water rights has been provided.

Services provided have included responses to interrogatories, document production, negotiations with opposing parties, assisting attorneys with trial strategy, review of proposed decrees, review of opposing parties documents and evidence, expert witness deposition testimony, expert witness trial testimony, and assistance at decree conferences.

Specific cases in which Deere & Ault staff have provided Thornton with litigation support include:

  • Thornton’s Northern Project Consolidated Case Nos. 86CW401, 86CW402, 86CW403, and 87CW332. The consolidated cases involved appropriations of Poudre River water, a ditch exchange, Poudre River exchanges, the transfer of irrigation water to municipal use, and the development of an augmentation plan.
  • An objector to the City of Golden’s Augmentation Plan in Case No. 83CW361.
  • Clear Creek Exchanges decreed in Case No. 88CW268. The Clear Creek exchanges were a part of the Clear Creek water quality settlement between Thornton, Westminster, Coors, and Golden.
  • The City of Thornton’s South Platte Gravel Pit storage rights in Case No. 91CW126, and South Platte River exchanges involving Thornton’s South Platte gravel pits in Case No. 96CW1116.
  • Thornton’s transfer of Lake Erie storage rights to Standley Lake in Case No. 82CW222.
  • Thornton’s ThornCreek golf course water rights on Big Dry Creek decreed in Case No. 87CW333.
  • Thornton’s South Platte River/Metro effluent exchanges decreed in Case No. 88CW261.
  • An objector to the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District’s Plan for Augmentation in Case No. 02CW335.

Client:  City of Thornton, Colorado

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