Entering Colorado Market with Experienced National Water Supply and Local Water Resources Leaders

Freese and Nichols expands into the Colorado market with David Bennett, PE, Assoc. DBIA, and Morgan Lynch, PE, CFM as our first employees in the Denver office. The expansion brings the firm’s experience solving water-related challenges to Colorado where increasing populations are placing higher demands on water infrastructure and resources. Freese and Nichols has a nearly 130-year history of developing innovative but practical solutions for areas that have both too little and too much water.

The team will help the firm to serve the region’s major needs, including water and wastewater planning, utility design and treatment for cities, counties, water and wastewater utility districts, and water suppliers experiencing consistent and ever-increasing population growth, expanding water demands, aging infrastructure and growing regulatory requirements. From Denver, the firm will support clients facing water-related challenges across the front range and into the Western region of the U.S.

David brings more than two decades of expertise in water/wastewater planning, transmission, distribution, and treatment and is a Principal with Freese and Nichols where much of his experience has been with clients facing similar rapid growth and water-related challenges to Colorado. Often using a collaborative delivery approach, his expertise includes solving water/wastewater design and construction issues for clients in fast-growing areas with tight timelines. He has provided engineering solutions for water, wastewater, transmission and conveyance, treatment, water supply projects, and EPA consent decree work for municipalities, water and utility districts and river authorities.

David has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), a Past State-Level Secretary for the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT), and National Collection Systems Committee Member in the Water Environment Federation (WEF). David is a member of the AWWA Rocky Mountain Section where he is currently participating in Rocky Mountain Leadership Academy.

Morgan is a native to Colorado and returns to Freese and Nichols after working with the firm previously in 2006-2010. She brings both local public sector and private consultant experience with strengths in water resources design, modeling, construction, and collaborative project management. Since 2010, Morgan has focused her career on urban flooding, stream restoration, and flood control management. In her recent roles at the City and County of Denver and Mile High Flood District, she managed the development of stream management corridors in the metro area identifying space integral to stream health. Morgan’s passion for identifying these critical areas was directly related to her involvement during flood recovery work from the 2013 flood event.

With her participation in the South Platte River Metro Roundtable— an initiative that formed from the Colorado River plan— as a board member and member of the M&I Sub-Committee and Recreational Sub-Committee, she served on the forefronts of problem-solving for water challenges in the region.

Morgan has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. She is a Past-Chair of the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM) and past Committee Chair for the CASFM Flood Technical Assistance Partnership Committee. Morgan is also a member of the Colorado Riparian Association and an alumnus of the Water Education Colorado’s Water Leaders Program.

Kevin Johnson, Principal and Division Manager with Freese and Nichols, says, “David’s experience with water supply, climate cycles, droughts, and helping other clients who are facing water supply challenges will be of great value to the Colorado communities facing the same challenges. Much of our firm’s history and innovative team experience has been in solving water supply issues. This, combined with Morgan’s experience and expertise on local issues, will make for a robust and supportive experience for our Colorado-area clients.”

Freese and Nichols’ office is located at:
4600 South Syracuse Street, 9th Floor
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-664-6522