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Board reaffirms support for water-supply project

Posted on 08/11/2020
Board reaffirms support for water-supply project

Reaffirming its commitment to protect and provide water resources for Weld County residents and the agricultural industry, the Weld County Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution expressing continued support for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP).

“Having a sufficient water supply is important to maintaining our state-leading agricultural industry as well as accommodating the growth of our county, which is expected to double in population by 2050,” Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman said. “The NISP will help both of those efforts greatly.”

A collaborative effort between Weld County, Larimer County, 15 municipalities and water districts throughout Northern Colorado, the NISP will consist of building two reservoirs — Galeton Reservoir in Weld County and Glade Reservoir in Larimer County. Water captured from the South Platte River in the Galeton Reservoir and the Poudre River in the Glade Reservoir will assist several communities in Northern Colorado meet their water needs. In Weld County, those communities include Severance, Eaton, Evans, Frederick, Firestone, Dacono, Fort Lupton and Windsor. In addition to the reservoirs, the project includes construction of pump plants and pipelines to deliver the water to communities.

According to the NISP’s website, the project has been in the works since 2004 when NISP participants began a federal permitting process which included “a thorough analysis of project needs, impacts and ways to mitigate those impacts.” The commissioners have long favored the effort, passing supportive resolutions in 2007 and 2008. After severe drought conditions in Weld County led the commissioners to declare a disaster emergency in 2012, they joined residents, business leaders and municipal leaders at a public event in Fort Lupton declaring support for the project.

“This project is critical to the water storage and delivery system utilized by our communities,” Commissioner Kevin Ross said. “I supported it when I was mayor of Eaton, and I’m proud to continue supporting it.”

Earlier this year, the NISP earned 401 Water Quality Certification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. If approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers later this year, final design is expected to be complete by 2022, with construction beginning in the years following.
For more information on the NISP, visit https://www.northernwater.org/ProjectSite/NISP.