NISP Participants

The 15 NISP participants include 11 fast-growing cities and towns and four water districts within the expanding Northern Front Range. 
Central Weld County Water District
Fort Collins - Loveland Water District
Fort Lupton
Fort Morgan
Left Hand Water District
Morgan County Quality Water District

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Map shows the 15 Northern Colorado NISP participants and their NISP allotments.
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The NISP Partners Glade Reservoir is truly regional in scope, offering benefits to the residents of Larimer, Weld, Boulder and Morgan counties. With that in mind, the 15 communities and water districts are partnering with Northern Water to build the project. The water providers in NISP are communities that are experiencing rapid growth. (See Figure 1  below.)

NISP Participant Letters of Support 

In addition, nearly 30 cities and towns will receive water through NISP:

 Loveland  Erie  Wiggins  Lafayette
 Fort Collins  Fort Lupton  Weldona  Erie
 Windsor  Windsor  Orchard  Niwot
 Timnath  Frederick  Goodrich  
   Firestone  Fort Morgan  
   Eaton  Brush  
   Severance  Hillrose  
   Kersey  Snyder  
   Evans  Log Lane Village  

Partners to Pay NISP Costs The partners are responsible for all costs to permit, design, construct and maintain NISP. A mixture of cash, bonds and low-interest loans will most likely finance the project, which is estimated at $500 million, or about $12,500 per acre foot of water.

It is an affordable option to meet future needs: an equivalent amount of Colorado-Big Thompson water is approximately $40,000 to $50,000 per acre foot, and many communities in the Front Range are paying much more for new water supplies. In addition, project construction would be phased, allowing the NISP partners to pay for the project on an as-needed basis.
Community Partners
As the goals of the project continue to evolve, Northern Water is committed to building new partnerships and enhancing existing ones. For example, the draft environmental impact statement references talks Northern Water is having with ditch companies that will enable better management of Poudre River flows and provide water at times that it historically hasn't been there.
NISP Participants Cut Water Consumption by 30 percent
Sometimes saving just isn't enough. Reducing our need for water is good. Preparing for our future, though, is the right thing to do. According to the draft environmental impact statement, the 15 NISP participants are already taking their own lead in water conservation – collectively reducing their water consumption by more than 30 percent in the past 20 years.

 NISP Communities’ Water Conservation Efforts Brochure

Water Needs Will Nearly Triple Yet, the NISP participants' water needs will nearly triple by 2030, meaning that even with their strong conservation efforts, they will need additional supplies.

Many of the participants already face water shortages during dry years and all will face shortages by 2025. Figure 3 (below) illustrates the cumulative water deficits to 2050.  

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Learn From Region's Leaders in Conservation
Conservation will play an increasingly important role in Colorado's future, and all the NISP participants have water conservation programs already in place. Coupling progressive water conservation measures with storage represents the 21st century solution to meeting the region's water demands. Northern Water currently has an extensive conservation program.  Check out these other web sites that offer beneficial information about conserving water:

Colorado WaterWise Council
Northern Water and the NISP participants are participants in and supporters of this council.

Northern Colorado Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Water Conservation Workgroup
Northern Water and the NISP participants are participants and supports of this council.

Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Program 
Northern Water is a promotional partner with the EPA for its WaterSense Program, which promotes and enhances the market for water-efficient products and services.

Irrigation Association
Northern Water participates in various IA activities, and Northern Water staff members teach IA courses for landscapers and others. 

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