BERTHOUD, Colo. – With the Army Corps of Engineers release of the Northern Integrated Supply Project’s supplemental draft environmental impact statement, NISP proponents have accomplished an important milestone toward constructing two new, and very much needed, reservoirs in northern Colorado.
The SDEIS began in 2009 following a four-year process to produce a draft EIS. The NISP SDEIS is one of the most extensive and intensive reviews of a water project ever undertaken in Colorado. The additional studies closely analyzed riparian habitat, water quality, aquatic resources and hydrologic modeling.
“We are pleased to have reached this important milestone after 12 years and nearly $15 million in expenditures by the NISP participants,” Northern Water General Manger Eric Wilkinson said. “The SDEIS shows that the project is needed to meet a portion of the participants’ future water needs.”
The SDEIS includes a proposed mitigation plan illustrating how NISP participants will provide additional water to the Poudre River during low flows, build low-flow/fish-friendly bypass structures at key sites on the river through Fort Collins, and implement river restoration measures.
“NISP is a collaborative, regional project that will play a key role in addressing Colorado’s challenging water future by managing available water supplies that would otherwise flow out of state and do so while addressing environmental concerns in a proactive way,” Wilkinson added.
The SDEIS and additional information is available on the U.S. Army Corps website at:www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryProgram/Colorado/EISNISP.
To learn more about NISP visit www.gladereservoir.org.
Check out an EXCLUSIVE Interview with Northern Water’s Brian Werner…
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 17, 2015 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Brian Werner, Public Information Officer with Northern Water out of Berthoud, discussing this Friday, June 19th’s release of the US Army Corps of Engineers Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Northern Integrated Supply Project.
The Northern Integrated Supply Project is a proposed water storage and distribution project that will supply 15 Northern Front Range water partners with 40,000 acre feet of new, reliable water supplies.
The NISP project consists of:
- Two reservoirs (Glade and Galeton)
- A forebay reservoir
- Two pump plants
- Pipelines to deliver water for exchange with two irrigation companies
- Improvements to an existing canal to divert water off the Poudre River near the canyon mouth
At 170,000 acre feet, Glade Reservoir is slightly larger than neighboring Horsetooth Reservoir. Construction of Glade Reservoir will require the relocation of seven miles of U.S. Highway 287 northwest of Fort Collins and will provide a recreational amenity to Northern Colorado. NISP will store excess water currently leaving the state in years of abundance. Through an exchange with two local ditch companies, the project will provide some water in all years.
The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project will be released this week! This is a significant and important milestone in moving the NISP project forward and concludes more than a decade of environmental study.
Dates and locations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public hearings on the NISP Supplemental EIS are:
Wednesday, July 22
Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Thursday, July 23
Weld County Administration Building
1150 O Street
Greeley, CO 80631
The public hearings begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be preceded by open houses beginning at 5:00 p.m.
We need your support! It is critical to have NISP supporters attend meetings. The open houses will allow the public to view display boards of findings, pick up handouts and ask questions of the Army Corps’ study contractor, ERO Resources, their consultants and Northern Water staff.
Spread the word and encourage your boards, councils, water customers, business community, friends and family to attend and voice their support for NISP.