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Papers of Lloyd J. Gronning

Identifier: WGRO

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Lloyd J. Gronning consists of documents dated 1986 to 1999 and is largely comprised of water exchange planning reports by the Gronning Engineering Company produced for the City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities. In addition to these reports, materials include a report on water transfers by GEC for the State of Colorado regarding the Fort Lyon Canal in the Arkansas River Valley, a conference paper on Colorado Springs' Arkansas River exchange plan, a presentation on water rights purchases, and a statewide water development report by Montgomery Watson, Inc. Also included is a VHS tape of attorney Glenn Saunders speaking about the history of Colorado water law.


  • Creation: 1986-1999


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Lloyd J. Gronning served as president of the Gronning Engineering Company from 1984 to 1996 and has worked extensively in the field of water resources development in the state of Colorado.

A water program management consultant, Lloyd J. Gronning has worked on projects in Colorado and across the West. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, his M.S. in civil engineering from Colorado State University in 1976, and his M.B.A. from the University of Denver in 1983.

Gronning began his career working as a civil engineer for Nelson, Haley, Patterson and Quirk, an engineering consulting firm based in Greeley, Colorado. From 1980 to 1984, he served as the Utilities Director for the City of Thornton, Colorado, at the same time sitting on a number of water- and irrigation-related boards of directors. In 1984, he founded the Gronning Engineering Company (GEC) and served as its president until 1996. GEC was involved in developing water supplies from the Arkansas River, groundwater supplies, and water rights for the City of Colorado Springs. Gronning went on to serve as vice president of Montgomery Watson from 1996 to 1999 and as vice president and program manager at Parsons Corporation from 2000 to 2014. In 2014, he founded Capital Program Management Services (CPgMS) to provide management and capital program planning services to water development organizations.

Gronning is a registered professional engineer in California, Colorado, and Nevada. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the International Water Association (IWA), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). He serves as a diplomat for the AAEES and as a diplomat and fellow for the ASCE.

Gronning has earned several awards, including the 1992 "Engineering Excellence Award" from the Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado for his work on the Colorado Springs Groundwater Development and Exchange Plan, the 1996 "Fuller Award" from the AWWA, and the 2006 "President's Environmental Excellence Award" from the National Association of Environmental Professionals for the Albuquerque Drinking Water Project. He also received a number of awards from the National Safety Council from 2007 to 2010.

Gronning was born in Tacoma, Washington, on July 12, 1951, and has been married since 1971 to Dr. Robyn (McAtavey) Gronning, an English professor. They have three children and three grandchildren all living in the western United States.


1.25 linear feet (3 document boxes)

Language of Materials



A water program management consultant, Lloyd J. Gronning has worked on projects across the West. He served as the president of Gronning Engineering Company from 1984 to 1996 and as the vice president of Montgomery Watson, Inc. from 1996 to 1999. The collection chiefly contains reports by Gronning Engineering Company related to the Arkansas River, Colorado Springs Utilities, groundwater, and water rights. The collection also contains a statewide water development study as well as documents, papers, and presentations pertaining to Gronning's professional activities.


The collection is organized chronologically.

The collection consists of 1 series in 3 boxes:

Series 1: Papers, 1986-1999


Mr. Gronning donated his papers to the Water Resources Archive in March 2019.

Related Collections

The Water Resources Archive holds the Papers of Frank Milenski, which includes materials related to the development of water supplies in Colorado Springs. The Archive also holds the Papers of Ray Nixon, the longtime director of the Colorado Springs Utilities Department.


Processing was completed in September 2020 and included organizing the materials chronologically to reflect Gronning's professional activities over time. Items were placed in acid-free folders and the collection was re-boxed. The book The Law of Water for Irrigation in Colorado by S.W. Carpenter and published in 1886 was removed to add to Special Collections.

Inventory Note

Note: Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e."

Guide to the Papers of Lloyd J. Gronning
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Taylor Schulze and Patricia J. Rettig
Copyright 2020
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Script of description
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA