Regional Pool Program

Regional Pool Program
The Regional Pool Program was adopted in 2005 to provide Northern Colorado water users with another method to acquire Colorado-Big Thompson Project water on a seasonal lease basis.

RPP water becomes available when allottees do not use all of their C-BT quota water in a given year, and when an allottee’s surplus exceeds his/her carryover capacity.

Based on the Regional Pool Program Rule, Northern Water’s Board of Directors may allocate water from the Regional Pool only when C-BT Project storage reserves exceed 200,000 acre-feet on November 15 of the same water year.

This policy is intended to help maintain minimum supplies in C-BT Project storage for future years.

In the years when water is available, the board can allocate RPP water during its regular January through September meetings. Agricultural, municipal and industrial water users within Northern Water boundaries are eligible to lease RPP water, even if they are not C-BT allottees, when they have a beneficial use for the water.

See the RPP Fact Sheet for more details.  

Sarah Smith, Water Resources Engineer
(970) 622-2295
Northern Water Dispatch
(970) 292-2500

Quick Links to RPP Documents

Latest News  To get updates on the Regional Pool Program e-mailed directly to you or your organization, register for a Northern Water Online Account or update your current account. Select the Regional Pool option under “E-mail notification Options.”

When bids have been opened and awarded, Northern Water makes all bid amounts available.

irrigating a Northeastern Colorado corn field
Irrigating a Northeastern Colorado corn field