Rueter-Hess Time Line 

Planning for Rueter-Hess began in 1985, when PWSD projected a water shortfall. Since that time, conservation efforts have improved the long-term outlook, but are not enough to eliminate future water shortages on their own.

1986: Conservation efforts such as metering and xeriscape education implemented

1987: PWSD demonstrates feasibility of re-injecting surplus water into Denver Basin aquifers

1991: PWSD becomes charter member of Douglas County Water Authority, which cooperates on water conservation solutions

1996: Court decree entered for Rueter-Hess Reservoir

1996: First geotechnical studies at Rueter-Hess Reservoir

1997: First environmental studies at Rueter-Hess Reservoir Site

2000: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process begins

2001: Spring - Public input on draft Environmental Impact Statement

2002: Final design

2004: Completion of EIS process and approval for construction

Start of Construction

2005: Request for enlargement of original project

2006: Completion of Cherry Creek Diversion and Pump Station

Completion of construction on Phase 1 of Rueter-Hess Dam

April 2008: Approval of Rueter-Hess enlargement (Phase 2)

May 2011 Cherry Creek Diversion Structure tested and 1st water pumped to Rueter-Hess Reservoir (View Video)

Spring 2012: Completion of and begin filling of Rueter-Hess Reservoir

2014: Entering into a future of recreation at the reservoir with partnering Towns and County

2017-2018:  Recreational programs & events are held at the reservoir