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December 30, 2019

Northern Water Hosting Glade Unit of NISP Industry Day on Jan. 14, 2020

Northern Water will host an Industry Day for the Glade Unit of the Northern Integrated Supply Project at 8 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2020 at Northern Water’s headquarters in Berthoud. The purpose of this Industry Day is to improve the industry’s understanding of the NISP requirements, answer questions on the Glade Unit and gain an understanding of how the construction community can support this project. Industry Day Advertisement


October 3, 2019

Northern Water Hosting NISP Open House Oct. 9 in Fort Collins

Northern Water will be hosting a NISP open house from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Drake Centre in Fort Collins (802 W. Drake Road), in an effort to inform the public and receive feedback on various components of the NISP Intergovernmental Agreement with Larimer County. The main components of the IGA are the recreation concept plan at Glade Reservoir, the pipeline route through Larimer County and the realignment of U.S. Highway 287.


July 12, 2019

Northern Integrated Supply Project Upcoming Decision

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners and three members of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District Board will host a meeting at 1:30 p.m., July 24, 2019, at the Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building First Floor Hearing Room, 200 West Oak St., Fort Collins to discuss the proposed Northern Integrated Supply Project [NISP] Intergovernmental Agreement [IGA]. 

Read the full release


June 26, 2019

Public Meetings Set for NISP Intergovernmental Agreement with Larimer County

As part of a 1041 intergovernmental agreement with Larimer County, two public meetings will be held at the Larimer County offices at 200 W. Oak St. in Fort Collins. The meetings are set for Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. 

Read the public notice


May 1, 2019

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Completion of Watson Lake Fish Bypass

Watson bypass dedication ribbon cutting

The various partners who brought the Watson Lake Fish Bypass to fruition celebrated the project's completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 1. The fish bypass is an element of the NISP Mitigation and Enhancement Plan and reconnects two segments of the Poudre River near Bellvue that were previously disconnected by the Watson Lake diversion barrier, providing upstream fish movement through that structure, as well as enhancements of other aspects for the surrounding ecosystem. Northern Water collaborated with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Morning Fresh Dairy and noosa yoghurt on the project. 

More information about the Watson Lake Fish Bypass
CBS Denver 4 News coverage of the ribbon-cutting ceremony 
ABC Denver 7 News coverage of the ribbon-cutting ceremony
Fort Collins Coloradoan coverage of the ribbon-cutting ceremony


February 28, 2019

Farm Purchase Part of NISP Effort to Ensure WaterSecure Future

Center PivotThe recent purchase of a Weld County farm marks a new venture for Northern Water and Northern Integrated Supply Project participants – one that’s part of the ongoing, collaborative effort to secure future water supplies for both the region’s communities and our vital agricultural industry.

On Jan. 31, Northern Water and the NISP participants purchased a 28-acre farm northeast of Greeley and the property’s water rights. The farm was purchased through the NISP WaterSecure program, a cooperative effort to maintain the exchange of water for NISP while keeping water on participating farms. This investment is a shift from the “buy-and-dry” approach that has stressed our agricultural communities. Learn more: WaterSecure news release


January 31, 2019

Application Submitted for NISP’s 401 Water Quality Certification

Poudre River water quality monitoringNorthern Water  took another significant step in its NISP permitting process, as on Jan. 31, an application was submitted to the Colorado Water Quality Control Division regarding the project’s 401 Water Quality Certification.

The 401 certification is a state review of the water quality impacts associated with the project and is the next-to-last step in the NISP permitting efforts. This certification is also required as part of the final step in the process, that being a 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The state’s water quality division now has a year from the application date (Jan. 31) to approve, conditionally approve or deny the certification.


December 17, 2018

Construction Underway to Improve Poudre River Fish Habitat

NISP Fish bypass progressA collaborative effort among the participants of the Northern Integrated Supply Project, Morning Fresh Dairy, noosa yoghurt and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is helping to improve the habitat on the Poudre River. A fish passage is being installed at the diversion dam adjacent to Watson Lake and the CPW fish hatchery nearby.

Crews broke ground on the $850,000 project in December, with completion slated for April. Through the project, two segments of the river that had been disconnected by the diversion barrier will be reconnected, with the goal of improving several facets: ecosystem health, angler access, public safety and public education.

Learn more here


November 1, 2018

NISP Mitigation Efforts Applauded in EPA Comments to Corps of Engineers

Poudre Overland  015An Environmental Protection Agency official offered compliments aplenty in his comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding NISP’s Final Environmental Impact Statement.

In highlighting various aspects of the project, Philip S. Strobel, who serves at the EPA’s National Environmental Protection Act Compliance and Review Program director, wrote that the “mitigation plan would not only reduce or avoid some significant project impacts, the plan’s winter and summer modified conveyance flows would improve certain important ecological conditions on the reach of the Poudre through Fort Collins compared to current conditions.”

The NISP Final Environmental Impact Statement was released back in July, which was followed by a public comment period that concluded on Oct. 4. 


August 30, 2018

Comments Due for the NISP FEIS Oct. 4

NISP Photo-simulation_View Looking South
You can submit comments in writing to:
John Urbanic, NISP EIS Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
Denver Regulatory Office
9307 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80128

You can also email your comments to

To read the NISP FEIS and other documents, click here


August 3, 2018

NISP FEIS Public Comment Period Extended to Oct. 4

Glade Site
The public comment period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) has been extended to Oct. 4, 2018, according to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On July 20, officials from the Corps of Engineers released the NISP FEIS -- a document that outlines the impacts of the water-supply project, as well as three alternative projects. It also looks at the effects to the environment if no action alternative is approved.

At the time of its release, a public comment regarding the NISP FEIS had been set for 45 days, concluding on Sept. 4. However, Corps of Engineers officials said they have received a number of requests from the public to extend the comment period. After reviewing those requests, it was determined that an additional 30 days was warranted.

Anyone wanting to read the NISP FEIS or make comments can learn more here.


July 20, 2018

Federal Agency Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for NISP

Glade ReserviorOfficials from the Army Corps of Engineers have released a Final Environmental Impact Statement outlining the impacts of the Northern Integrated Supply Project, as well as three alternative projects. It also looks at the effects to the environment if no action alternative is approved. “This is another step in the process and a very thorough one at that,” said Northern Water General Manager Brad Wind. “We’re encouraged that it shows that no new significant issues have popped up and that the impacts can and will be mitigated.”

Anyone wanting to learn more can use the links below:
Northern Water's press release on the NISP FEIS  
NISP FEIS Executive Summary


July 17, 2018

New NISP Website Launched

Glade Reservoir site looking south
Northern Water has launched a new website in its continued efforts of keeping the public well-informed about the Northern Integrated Supply Project. Information regarding NISP had previously been housed on Northern Water's main website.

The new NISP website -- found at -- provides a wide array of details about the project, such as maps, documents, timelines, information about the participants and much more.

The website will also offer the latest news on the project as progress continues to take place. Be sure to keep checking in.      


July 10, 2018

Final Environmental Impact Statement Due Soon for NISP

Poudre River near Overland Trail Road
Federal officials are expected to release the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project on Friday, July 20. The report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlines the environmental impacts of the project as well as identifying potential mitigation and enhancement measures that can be implemented to address those impacts.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved Northern Water's Mitigation and Enhancement Plan in 2017. Upon release of the FEIS, members of the public may offer comment within the public comment time period. It is expected that federal officials will issue a Record of Decision regarding NISP in 2019.


July 3, 2018

Northern Water Spokesperson Discusses Low Flows with Coloradoan, Highlights How NISP Would Eliminate Current Dry-up Points in the Poudre River

Poudre River through Fort Collins
With this week’s extreme heat, the Poudre River in Fort Collins at the Lincoln Street gage dropped to a record low of 3 cubic feet per second (cfs) for that date. But as Northern Water Public Information Officer Brian Werner pointed out in a recent Coloradoan article about low flows in the Poudre, that wouldn’t be the case if Glade Reservoir were in place.

Once built, the reservoir will release 25 cfs daily this time of year to maintain minimum flows of at least that amount through downtown Fort Collins. This benefit would come in addition to helping secure future water supplies for rapidly growing communities, new recreation opportunities and various enhancements for the area’s wildlife and environment.


June 26, 2018

Three Communities with Fastest Population Growth Rates in Colorado are NISP Participants

Front Range growth
Population figures show that the three fastest growing communities in Colorado since 2010 are Firestone, Windsor and Erie (in that order) – all three of which are participants in the Northern Integrated Supply Project.

This reaffirms what Northern Water and NISP participants and supporters have stressed all along; that this project is needed to help meet the future water needs of smaller communities along the Front Range that are growing rapidly.

In addition to those three communities sitting at the very top of the list, Lafayette, which is a participant in both NISP and the Windy Gap Firming Project, was No. 11, while Louisville – a Windy Gap Firming Project participant – was No. 14.