About Lowry Landfill

  • Owned by the City and County of Denver and operated by Waste Management, the 508-acre Lowry Landfill site is located near the intersection of Quincy Avenue and Gun Club Road in Arapahoe County.  
  • It was listed on the EPA’s National Priorities List in 1984.
  • The site is in long-term maintenance and monitoring mode. Remediation ended more than two decades ago.
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  • The cleanup and containment plan was designed to safeguard the community by preventing the spread of any material beyond the Superfund site.
  • Containment methods protect the surrounding environment and community. 
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  • More than 500 groundwater monitoring wells extending to both shallow and deep aquifers have been installed within and outside the site to ensure the community is protected. Samples from the wells are frequently collected and analyzed in a laboratory under strict quality guidelines, and the results are widely distributed. Recent results can be found here. 
  • Businesses and residents in the area receive their drinking water from the City of Aurora and East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District, with the exception of a few properties served by private wells that have tested clean.
  • A groundwater extraction and treatment response north of the site has significantly decreased waste concentrations, and they continue to decline. 
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Around Lowry

  • A thriving and growing community surrounds the old Lowry Landfill and includes residential communities, businesses, schools, hiking trails, parks, shops and a golf course.
  • Home values in the area continue to increase, keeping pace with the surging home values throughout the Denver metro area.

Unaffiliated Areas

  • Lowry Landfill is not part of Lowry Redevelopment Area (the old Lowry Air Force Base) or Lowry Vista, a former landfill at the Lowry Air Force Base.
  • The Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS), which is adjacent to the Lowry Landfill, is operational and accepts municipal waste from Denver and surrounding areas. It not part of the Lowry Landfill Superfund Site.