The Utility Notification Center of Colorado
One Call Legislative Meetings

Learn about the new reform proposal to the One Call law and ask questions about how it may impact your organization at the upcoming 811 Legislative Meeting. This meeting will be held in four different locations on three days.

  • Greeley Meeting – Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:00am – 11:00am, Double Tree Hilton – 919 7th St. Greeley, CO 80634, click here to RSVP
  • Denver Meeting – Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:30am – 11:30am, Lamar Street Center – 5889 Lamar St, Arvada, CO 80003, click here to RSVP
  • Glenwood Meeting – Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:00am – 10:00am, Glenwood Community Center – 100 Wulfsohn Rd, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, click here to RSVP
  • Grand Junction Meeting – Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Ute Water Conservancy District – 2190 H 1/4 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81505, click here to RSVP

Meeting topics:
One 811 Membership, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Enforcement

Panelists: Ray Swerdfeger  – Swerdfeger Construction, Brad Vitale – Xcel Energy, J.D. Maniscalco – Colorado 811

Please RSVP by Dec. 12th, 2017, for questions, please contact Jennifer Wilson at

Download the 2018 Proposed Reforms to Colorado 811 One-Call Law Fact Sheet.

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By Whitney Cregger
Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

Nowadays, outdoor kitchens are more and more popular. They can be faithful copies of indoor kitchens, equipped with all the basic equipment (countertops, refrigerator, sink, oven and storage cabinets), but also with special outdoor cooking equipment (barbecue grill, pizza oven etc.).

As for styles, current trends show a preference for rustic and traditional, as well as for modern and contemporary.

In many cases, especially when it comes to old rural homes, there are dependencies around the house that have lost their usefulness and that can be transformed into rustic outdoor kitchens. The bread oven and the grill must not be absent and the sink has to be integrated into this assembly. The worktop should be made of wood or stone, and massive wood furniture can be used for dining.

As about contemporary style, the defining features are convenience and aesthetics. Contemporary outdoor kitchen mirrors the ones from the interior, gathering most of the equipment under a pergola located in the garden. Ideal furniture is removable and modular; materials are dominated by stainless steel and aluminum, for both furniture and household appliances. For lighting, the spots buried (before digging for lighting installation, make sure specialty services Colorado call before you dig is scheculed first!) in the land around the pergola / pergola, as well as the candles will certainly increase the elegance of the contemporary style.


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By Harriet
2017 Holiday Party and Open House

Friday December 15th from 11am to 1pm at Colorado 811’s office. Please RSVP no later than December 11th to Jennifer Wilson at (303) 205-6304 or

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By Whitney Cregger
Veterans Day Holiday Closure Error

Our sincere apologies…

As you may know, this coming Saturday is Veterans Day and all Federal Holidays that fall on a Saturday are observed on the Friday prior to the Saturday. All locate ticket requests received today, November 9th will be due by end of day on Tuesday, November 14th.

All locate ticket requests processed yesterday Wednesday, November 8th with a locate by date of Friday, November 10th should have been dated as a locate by date of Monday, November 13th.

We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused. The issue has been resolved in our system and will not happen again.

For questions regarding this issue please contact 811 directly. Thank you for your patience in dealing with this matter.

Colorado 811

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By Whitney Cregger
October 2017 CGA Newsletter

The October 2017 CGA Newsletter is now available, download and read it here.

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By Whitney Cregger
Colorado 811’s 2018 Board of Directors Nomination Results

Congratulations to the following nominees who were elected to be on the 2017/2018 Colorado 811 Board of Directors:

Electric Distribution: Brad Vitale, Xcel Energy

Cable Television: Frank Trujillo, Comcast

Electric Cooperative: Cody O’Neil, Holy Cross Energy 

Communications: Thomas Sturmer, Century Link

Government: Gary Behlen, Town of Erie

Tier Two: Eddie Hernandez, Denver Water 

Excavator Director: Toni Pascal, Pascal Construction Company

To contact any of the Colorado 811 Board of Directors, click here.

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By Whitney Cregger
DIRT Field Form Changes for 2018

DIRT Field Form Changes and Enhancements for 2018DIRT 2018 Changes

The CGA Data Reporting and Evaluation Committee (DREC) met to discuss changes to the 2018 DIRT Field Form. The purpose of the 2018 DIRT changes are to streamline, encourage more participation, respond to user community feedback, clarify questions and enhance analysis.

To view the detailed presentation of the 2018 changes and enhancements, click here.

Click here to learn more about Colorado DIRT.


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By Whitney Cregger
811 Run 2017 – Winners, Results, Pictures & After Video

Thank you Colorado!

This year was such a huge success (Sold out) and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for joining us in making this year’s 811 Run special. See you next year!

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By vmaniscalco
NUCA Event – OSHA 10 Hour Training
OSHA 10 Hour Required October 19-20, 2017OSHA 10 Hour Flyer8am – 2:30pm (19); 8am – 12pm (20); Breakfast & Lunch Provided on Day 1; Breakfast Provided on Day 2

NUCA Member $175; NonMember $200

NUCA of Colorado is offering the OSHA 10 Hour Training designed for all employees involved in construction work, including job foremen, superintendents, engineers and any personnel involved in underground projects.

According to OSHA 20 CFR 1026.21(b)(2), “The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.” The OSHA 10 Hour Outreach Program provides the desired general safety training for construction workers to help facilitate this requirement.

OSHA 10 Hour Training Topics: Introduction to OSHA, OSHA Focus Four Hazards, Fall Protection, Electrical, Struck by (falling objects, trucks, cranes), Caught in/between (trench hazards, equipment), PPE and Lifesaving Equipment, Health Hazards in Construction, Trench & Excavation, Permit Required Confined Space, Two Hours of Elective Topics (based upon class consensus)

Class Flyer

Register Online below (if you register more than just 1 person, put the names of the other attendees in the comments section)

Or Register using the Class Flyer 

Date and Time:
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 8:00am to Friday, October 20, 2017 – 2:30pm
United Rentals – 791 E 64th Ave. Denver, CO 80229

Click here to register 

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By Whitney Cregger
Transform your Front Yard Into a Garden: Remember to call 811 First

Turning your front yard into a garden is a great way to create a welcoming entrance to your home. This is something that many people do in Colorado and it is a great way to exercise your gardening skills! Before you dig your first hole though, be sure to call the Colorado call before you dig line, 811.

How to Turn Your Front Yard into a Garden

Ah, gardening. Some say it’s not for everyone, but with gardening, you can do a lot with a little. Whether or not you happen to have a green thumb, you can easily turn your front yard into a beautiful piece of horticultural art.

Why Garden in the First Place?

Gardening can be a relaxing activity. It gets you outdoors and can boost your mood, and the results can be very satisfying. But according to Realty Today, a well-thought-out and well-executed garden can also increase your property’s value. Appraisal Institute President Richard L. Borges II says, “If a landscaping change is positive, it can often enhance price and reduce a home’s time on the market.” It does this by:

  • Increasing curb appeal
  • Creating energy efficiency
  • Saving on utility costs

Even if you’re not planning on selling anytime soon, increasing your property’s value is always a great idea.

What Kind of Garden Can You Grow?

When someone says “garden,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Rows of cornstalks or tomato plants? Vegetable gardens are one option, but many other types of gardens exist that can beautify residential landscapes. Some types of gardens to consider include:

  • Flower: combinations of flower beds and bushes chosen for aesthetics and aroma
  • Container: using planters and ornamental containers to separate and organize plants
  • Rain: beautiful landscapes that allow rainwater runoff to be better absorbed by the soil to prevent erosion
  • Sculpture:landscaping with shrubbery clipped into shapes and figures
  • Shade: an ornamental garden taking advantage of tree cover by using plants that grow well in less sunlight
  • Rock: easy-to-maintain gardens using rocks, stones and ornamental plants arranged in outcrops that don’t require much water
  • Water: gardens featuring fountains, ponds or small streams with aquatic plants, rocks and fish

Can You Grow Food in the Front Yard?

The short answer is yes. There’s even an international organization called Food Not Lawns that advocates it. But there’s a longer answer to consider before plowing up your yard and planting a full-blown vegetable crop.

Start by researching the local laws. Townships, counties and cities each may have rules about municipal gardening. These can include limits on:

  • Types of farming activities
  • Percentages of land that can be used for farming
  • Types of crops that can be grown

If you belong to a homeowners association (HOA), check the rules to see if front-yard vegetable gardens are allowed. Many HOAs enact rules that prohibit vegetable gardens in the front yard because they want to set a standard for beautiful landscaping that keeps property values up. Other HOAs may have restrictions on the types of plants you can grow.

Regardless of what the rules are, you should abide by them to prevent decreasing the value of your home. If you just can’t resist the rebel call and want to give front-yard veggie gardening a try anyway, you can use a little creativity and probably get away with it without devaluing your home.

Cristina Santiestevan, aka “The Outlaw Gardener,” reminds us that when you garden in the front yard, “you aren’t the only one who will be seeing your tomatoes and peppers.” Cristina gives these tips for dealing with HOAs if you want to pursue a front-yard vegetable garden, even when it breaks Santiestevan the rules:

  • Aesthetics Count: Make your garden space as beautiful as possible so neighbors will be less likely to complain.
  • Share Your Bounty: When neighbors taste how good your veggies are, they’ll probably want you to keep growing them.
  • Keep Plants Healthy: When a plant goes south, get rid of it. It will keep your garden healthy and beautiful.
  • Use Containers: If the HOA says you can’t remove grass, try growing your vegetables in pretty containers.
  • Consider Every Growing Season: When a plant’s growing season is over, replace it with something else instead of leaving an ugly dead space.
  • Just Add Flowers: If all else fails and the HOA won’t allow vegetables in the front yard, try a few flower beds. There’s a variety of edible flowers that will give you the satisfaction of growing food while still abiding by the HOA rules.

Read the full article here: How to Turn Your Front Yard into a Garden – ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

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By Harriet