NISP in the News
Statement by Northern Water General Manager Eric Wilkinson
Regarding City of Fort Collins’ Staff Recommendation on NISP
In July, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held open houses and public hearings in Fort Collins and Greeley for the NISP Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
On June 19, the NISP SDEIS became available for review on the Army Corps of Engineers website at: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryProgram/Colorado/EISNISP
The Corps accepted written comments on the NISP SDEIS through Sept. 3.
A final EIS is expected to be completed in 2016 with a final permit decision due in 2017.
Another Milestone - Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released:
Northern Water News Release
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News Release
SDEIS, additional information at U.S. Army Corps website
NISP Endorsement/Supporters List (August 2015)
NISP the right answer for Northern Colorado’s future – BizWest guest column by Eric Wilkinson, Sept 18, 2015
Water Wars: Will more storage meet growth’s demands? Will less storage limit it? – BizWest, Sept. 18, 2015
VIDEO: Cross Currents - Glade Reservoir (NISP): Its Impacts on Fort Collins – Larimer County League of Women Voters, Aug. 7, 2015
CSU releases informational video on NISP reservoir project, process – BizWest, July 27, 2015
Water, transportation require regional approach – BizWest guest column, July 27, 2015
NISP water project hearing draws support at Greeley hearing –Greeley Tribune, June 23, 2015
'Govt Dinosaur Project' Or Growth Necessity? NISP Debate Continues – KUNC, July 23, 2015
Carl Brady: Support for NISP is essential – Times-Call Letter to the Editor, July 21, 2015
Editorial: Strike balance between water storage, conservation – Coloradoan Editorial Board, July 19, 2015
Pro-Con: The Northern Integrated Supply Project – Coloradoan opinion, July 18, 2015
Mayor: Get Behind NISP – Fort Morgan Times opinion, July 17, 2015
Soapbox: Save the Poudre, Store water in Glade – Coloradoan opinion, July 17, 2015
Northern Colorado leaders rally for NISP water: “Get it Done” – Denver Post, July 2, 2015
NISP Rally at Northern Water (video coverage) – BarnMedia , July 2, 2015
NISP supporters hold rally before public hearing – Greeley Tribune, July 2, 2015
Tribune Opinion: Glad to see U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extend comment period – Greeley Tribune Editorial, July 2, 2015
Cory Gardner rallies farmers for massive water-storage project – Colorado Independent, July 2, 2015
Fort Morgan well-represented at NISP rally – Fort Morgan Times, July 2, 2015
Experts look for answers while digesting NISP report – The Coloradoan, June 26, 2015
Public Comment Wanted For Proposed Northern Colorado Reservoirs – CBS4, June 24, 2015
Opinion by Carl Brady: The Front Range needs NISP – Times-Call, June 23, 2015
Letter: Anti-NISP statements ‘inflammatory’ – Coloradoan – Letters to the Editor, June 23, 2015
Proposed Glade Reservoir would serve 11 cities – KMGH Channel 7, June 22, 2015
Opinion by John Clarke: We need to store more water, build NISP – Coloradoan, June 22, 2015
Report Takes Deeper Look at Dam Impact to Poudre River - CBS4, June 20, 2014
NISP Reaches Another Milestone – Fort Morgan Times, June 19, 2015
Northern Water: NISP Reservoir Project Reaches Another Milestone – Barn Media, June 19, 2015
Another Mile Marker Approaches On NISP’s Long Road To New Reservoirs – KUNC, June 17, 2015
The Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency for the Northern Integrated Supply Project's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The NEPA process is intended to help public officials make decisions based on understanding of environmental consequences, and take actions that protect, restore, and enhance the environment. The Corps is using the Environmental Impact Statement process to make a final permit decision on NISP.
The Corps began the Environmental Impact Statement process in August 2004 and issued a draft for public comment in April 2008. In February 2009, the Corps announced they would move forward with a Supplemental Draft DEIS to include additional studies primarily centered around hydrologic and flow modeling. The Supplemental Draft DEIS was released June 19, 2015, for public comment. A final EIS is expected to be completed in 2016 with a final permit decision due in 2017.
The NISP Features and Mitigation Map has popup descriptions and locations of NISP mitigation plan features. This GIS map also has location search and map layers that can be turned on and off.
NISP Mitigation Plan
Northern Water and the NISP participants have developed and submitted a plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will mitigate environmental effects identified in the Supplemental Draft EIS. This Proposed Conceptual Mitigation Plan is Appendix F in the Supplemental Draft EIS.
Mitigation is Required by Federal Laws
NISPNEWS: Plan Proposed to Mitigate NISP Environmental Effects
Northern Water and the NISP participants are seeking a permitunder Section 404 of the Clean Water Act from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Regulations under the Clean Water Act, as well as the National Environmental Policy Act under which the EIS is being developed, require that applicants take all appropriate and reasonable measures to avoid and minimize adverse impacts. For impacts that cannot be avoided, compensatory mitigation is required.
Mitigation plan components were developed based on federal requirements, the nature of environmental effects, and comments received on the Draft EIS. In general, the mitigation activities are located as close as possible to the where the effect occurs. For newly constructed mitigation projects, mitigation was located in areas where land is owned by a public entity, which allows public access to the improvements in most cases. Where possible, mitigation activities are designed to improve multiple environmental resources.
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 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. Since 2009, and including this year, more than 3 million acre-feet of water will have left the state downstream to Nebraska over and above legal requirements. Through an exchange with two local ditch companies, the project will provide some water in all years.
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