Membership or Groundwater Meetings

  • When: Quarterly, usually the last Monday of February, May, August, and November (Check Calendar for dates).
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Where: Woodmen Valley Chapel - 8292 East Woodmen Valley Road (map)
  • Agenda: POW Administration and featured programs like those highlighted below


Board Meetings

Monthly Board Meetings are scheduled for the first Monday of each month. Dates may vary to accommodate conflicts and holidays. (Check Calendar for dates) The time is 7:00 PM and meetings are at Woodmen Valley Chapel. POW members are welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings.





This was our second meeting in a series to address issues related to the oil and gas exploration frenzy that is coming to El Paso County. We brought together a lineup of presenters to help you make better decisions that could impact your ground water and your pocket book.


Michelle Smith, Director for The National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO), is also a landman for Quiat Companies. Primarily addressing Mineral Rights Owners, she hared extensive information about what to look for in a lease and what to try to negotiate out.


Richard Hirsch, Hirsch Gibney Environmental Consulting, provided excellent information on why and how to do a baseline water test especially when the prospect of oil and gas drilling is on the horizon.


Michael Leonard, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), directed us to there website for addtional information about the COGCC's role in oil and gas drilling.


Edward McCord, Attorney specializing in Oil & Gas, was candid about some of the pitfalls that property owners can fall into from a lease perspective and the difficulties for those with only surface rights and the need to negotiate agreements with the mineral rights owners and operators.


I want to thank each of these presenters for their time and excellent information. We plan our next meeting to target primarily ground water issues and risks identification and mitigation. The schedule for that will follow a joint meeting hosted by Representative Marsha Looper and BOCC Chairman Amy Lathen.


Pleae sign up to receive an email notification when that meeting is finalized.




We want to thank Dr. Bob Raynolds for his presentation on the Denver Basin and the impacts of Oil and Gas Drilling.


These slides represent how the number of oil and gas wells have increased in the last 40 years in Weld County north of Denver. Is that the future for El Paso County?


1960 1980 2000
Click on each photo to enlarge


Dr Raynolds and others explained how some of the decisions regarding drilling on your property could be taken out of your hands if the mineral rights have been severed. We stressed that you should take steps now to understand the status of your property.


This was found in the Title Policy of a resident on Curtis Road:


" Pursuant to Colorado Revised statutes Section 10-11-123 the Company hereby notifies the proposed buyer in the current transaction that there is recorded evidence that the mineral estate, or a portion thereof, has been severed, leased or otherwise conveyed from the surface estate. There is liklihood that a third party holds some of all interest in the oil, gas, other minerals, or geothermal energy in the subject property. Such mineral estate may include the right to enter and use the property without the surface owner's permission. "


You may find the following resources helpful:















Thank You !


to all of our exhibitors, concerned citizens, legislators, and media for attending the

Open House on August 25, 2008.

(Click on photos to enlarge)


Terry Stokka

Black Forest Land Use Committee


Kip Petersen

Cherokee Metropolitan Water District El Paso County Water Authority


Julia Murphy

Groundwater Investigations, LLC



Photo by Kathleen Wallace


"POW open house flooded with water issues" - New Falcon Herald, September 6-19, 2008

(Click here for entire article)


Judy von Ahlefedt of Black Forest News visits POW's booth and reviews the new sub-division map.





Lynne Bliss

Falcon/Peyton Small Area Master Plan

(not pictured)


Sean Chambers

Sunset Metropolitan Water District



November 19, 2007


POW Open House Encourages Public Discussion of Water and Land Uses - High Plains View


We want to thank our exhibitors

and everyone who came out, joined in the discussion,

and brought a new focus to water concerns!


Falcon Peyton Comprehensive Plan Committee Upper Black Squirrel Groundwater Management District
Black Forest Land Use Committee Colorado State University Extension
Groundwater Investigations Colorado Springs Utilities
Arkansas Basin Roundtable & El Paso County Water Authority    


Click on images to see enlargement


August 27, 2007: Denver Basin


Bob Raynolds, Denver Basin Specialist from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, has said this about Douglas County.


"In Douglas County, the Arapahoe aquifer is falling about 30' per year, and the aquifer will transition from confined to unconfined conditions over the next couple of decades. Water resource planners must anticipate that existing water wells will suffer production declines when this transition occurs. Alternate sources of potable water will need to be developed, as drilling additioinal wells into the aquifer provides only a short-term solution."


Dr. John Moore and expert in the fields of hygrogeology and geology presented additional evidence that the Denver Basin. His presentation is can be found here.


Bob Raynolds and Ralf Topper, Colorado Geological Survey,

have completed



The Citizen's Guide to the Denver Basin.

You can purchase from the Colorado Foundation of Water Education.



June 4 2007: SLUDGE!


That was the one thing Gary Hall, Extension Agent, from Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Center, wanted all of us to take away from his presentation. Sludge and getting it pumped out to maintain an operationally sound septic system. They recommend pumping every 3-5 years for a 4-bedroom home. When was the last time yours was pumped?


He also cautioned about damage to the leach field by driving on it or irrigating on top of it. Irrigating can cause the leach field to fill with water pushing the waster lower and closer to the groundwater and possible contamination.


There was a lot more talked about and you can see Gary's full presentation by going to the Colorado Cooperative Extension Center and selecting "Septic Systems" from the presentation list.