CEMS Hybrid Luncheon – In partnership with CAGE (Colorado Association of Geotechnical Engineers)
A Presentation by Colorado Division of Water Resources
Proposed Changes to Well Construction Rules for Monitoring and Observation Holes and Wells
Christopher Jones, Chief Well Inspector, Colorado Division of Water Resources
Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 11:45am-1pm
Hybrid Format – In person and virtual
CEMS has received one (1) general CLE credit for this presentation
The current Rules and Regulations for Water Well Construction, Pump Installation, Cistern Installation, and Monitoring and Observation Well/Hole Construction (Construction Rules) 2 CCR 402-2 have been in effect since September 1, 2016, and represent the most recent set of Rules which have evolved over several iterations since they were first promulgated in 1972. The Board of Examiners of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors (Board) will be opening Construction Rules for revision the in 2024. The Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) Chief Well Inspector will discuss the process for the upcoming Rulemaking, highlight some of the current Rules pertaining to monitoring and observation hole/well construction, and proposed changes to the Rules offered by DWR Staff. The proposed changes focus on clarifying existing Rules and increasing protection for groundwater resources and the public health through better presenting minimum standards for monitoring and observation hole/well construction. The discussion will also cover some of the recommendations and comments that have already been received from the Board members, water well contractors and other stakeholders. We hope this presentation will elicit discussion, recommendations, and comments on the Construction Rules from the audience.
Chris Jones is the Chief Well Inspector for the Colorado Division of Water Resources which followed a three-year tenure as the well inspector for approximately 50% of the State of Colorado. As the Chief Well Inspector he oversees the State’s water well construction and pump installation matters, interprets and implements the Water Well Construction Rules, and coordinates the field Well Inspection Program. Chris works with the Board of Examiners of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors and the State Engineer to promote regulatory compliance. The Chief Well Inspector also investigates complaints against licensed water well contractors and unlicensed individuals. Prior to serving the State of Colorado, Christ spent 16 years with several geotechnical engineering firms where he designed, supervised, and executed field exploration programs for a variety of commercial, municipal, transportation, infrastructure, hydraulic and dam projects mainly in Colorado. These exploration programs included the construction, monitoring, pump testing and decommissioning of monitoring and observations holes/wells in diverse geologic conditions. His experience also includes field inspection and material testing, and developing recommendations for shallow and deep foundations, pavement design, complex earthworks, and designing retaining walls, reinforced soil slopes, embankment dam repairs, and seepage collection and filtration systems.
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