Documents & Maps
Fact Sheet: Windy Gap Firming Project
Purpose and Need Report
Brochure: The Windy Gap Firming Project and the Environment
Articles, News Releases & CorrespondenceWindy Gap Firming Gains Grand County's Approval
Northern Water Subdistrict Press Release - Dec. 4, 2012
Trout Unlimited Supports Windy Gap Project
TU press release - Dec. 5, 2012
Agreement puts Colorado River On Road to Recovery
Colorado Trout Unlimited website – December 4, 2012
Windy Gap Firming Permit Brings Chimney Hollow Closer to Reality
The Berthoud Surveyor – January 3 2013
Thumbs Up For Windy Gap Project; Thumbs Down for Moffat
Denver Post – January 10, 2013
Commissioners Approve 1041 Permit for Windy Gap Firming
Sky-Hi News - Dec. 5, 2012
A Victory for Upper Colorado River Conservation
Denver Post – Dec. 5, 2012
Participants Request Governor's Support
Letters - May 23, 2012
EPA wants further review of project
Denver Post - Feb. 17, 2012
Windy Gap Firming Final EIS Released
Northern Water press release - Nov. 30, 2011
River diversion project closer to reality
Boulder Daily Camera - Dec. 11, 2011
Editorial: Windy Gap Firming Project gets good news
Greeley Tribune - Dec. 7, 2011
Windy Gap Firming Project receives a boost
Greeley Tribune - Nov. 30, 2011
Commission approves water plans
CDOW press release - June 9, 2011
Federal Permitting Process DocumentsFinal Environmental Impact Statement
New Technical Reports
Published by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 2011, the FEIS details project mitigation measures and addresses public comment received after publication of the previous impact statement.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Published by Reclamation in 2008, this document describes why the project is necessary and why Chimney Hollow Reservoir is the preferred alternative for both the participants and Reclamation.
Prepared by third-party consultants and published between 2006 and 2008, these reports provide additional details on different resource impact analyses for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Prepared by third-party consultants and published by Reclamation in 2005, this document details the existing and future water needs for each of the 13 water providers participating in the firming project.
State Mitigation DocumentsFish and Wildlife Mitigation Plan
Developed by the Municipal Subdistrict with state biologists, this 2011 state-approved plan details measures to mitigate impacts.
Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Plan
Developed by the Municipal Subdistrict with state biologists, this 2011 state-approved plan details voluntary efforts.
Governor's Letter on Mitigation
Written by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, this 2011 letter says the mitigation plan comprehensively addresses impacts.
Map shows the locations of the 13 participants in the Windy Gap Firming Project.
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Subdistrict Agreements with West Slope StakeholdersGrand County Resolution to Approve Agreements
||Chimney Hollow Reservoir
Map shows the proposed Chimney Hollow Reservoir southwest of Loveland, just west of Carter Lake.
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This December 2012 resolution affirms commissioners' approval of several agreements between the Municipal Subdistrict and multiple West Slope stakeholders.
Windy Gap Bypass Funding Agreement
This agreement addresses funding for the potential construction of a bypass around or through Windy Gap Reservoir. Signatories are to include Grand County, the Municipal Subdistrict, Trout Unlimited and the Upper Colorado River Alliance.
Windy Gap Firming Project IGA
This 2012 agreement specifies benefits the Municipal Subdistrict will provide to West Slope stakeholders. It requires signatures from the Municipal Subdistrict, the Middle Park Water Conservancy District, the Colorado River District and the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.
IGA for the Learning by Doing Cooperative Effort
This is intended to engage signatories in a cooperative, ongoing process to maintain the aquatic environment in basins upstream of the Colorado River's confluence with the Blue River. Signatories are to include Northern Water, the Municipal Subdistrict, Grand County, Middle Park Water, the Colorado River District and Denver Water.
Grand County 1041 Permitting Documents
Grand County Resolution to Approve 1041 Permit
This December 2012 resolution affirms commissioners' approval of the firming project's 1041 permit to address project impacts in Grand County.
Grand County 1041 Permit Application
Prepared by the Subdistrict and submitted on behalf of firming project participants in June 2012, this relates to project plans and conditions, such as operation and construction.
Prepared by third-party consultants and published by Reclamation in 2005, this identifies a reasonable range of alternatives that could meet project water providers’ needs.
Alternative Plan Formulation Report
Prepared by consultants and published in 2003, this details the pre-National Environmental Policy Act evaluation of 170 methods to potentially accomplish project goals and how they were narrowed down to seven.