History and Timeline  

Glade Reservoir site looking south

 

An endeavor the size and scope of the Northern Integrated Supply Project takes years of planning, preparation, studies and analysis, and as you can see, that’s certainly been the case. Below is a timeline that highlights some of the important dates and milestones the project has experienced so far.

1980 – Grey Mountain water rights are filed on by Cache la Poudre Water Users Association (CLPWUA) and Northern Water

1985 – CLPWUA transfers 7/8 of water right to Northern Water

1986 – The Poudre River is designated as Colorado’s first “wild and scenic river,” with the lower eight miles in the canyon left undesignated and open for a future water storage project

Late 1980s – Northern Water pursues “Poudre Project” to build a large on-channel reservoir (“Grey Mountain Reservoir”)

1990s – Northern Water reconfigures the “Poudre Project” to include an off-channel reservoir site

1992 – Northern Water files on water rights for South Platte Water Conservation Project (the Galeton Reservoir for exchanges with ditch companies)

2000 – Northern Water releases a Regional Water Demand Study

2000 – Regional water providers meet at Northern Water to discuss a potential collaborative project

2001 – Northern Water completes Glade Reservoir feasibility study

2003 – Participants agree to move forward and fund an Alternatives Analysis Study

2004 – The Alternative Analysis Study is completed, with 215 options studied

*** Spring 2004 – Formal Environmental Impact Statement permitting process begins with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers serving as the lead federal agency.

September 2004 – The Army Corps of Engineers holds public scoping meetings  

March 2005 – Public open houses held pertaining to the U.S. 287 highway realignment at the Glade Reservoir site

Late 2005 – Final alternatives for supplying water selected as permitting process moves forward

2006-2007 – The Army Corps of Engineers oversees studies being conducted for Draft Environmental Impact Statement

April 2008 – Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released and a public comment period begins

June 2008 – Public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement are held in Fort Collins and Greeley

July 2008 – The public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is extended until September 2008

February 2009 – The Army Corps of Engineers announces a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared

2009-2013 – Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement studies are conducted (includes preparation of common technical platform between Halligan-Seaman and NISP projects, additional modeling studies)

January 2012 – Army Corps of Engineers announces more time is necessary to complete hydrologic modeling studies

Fall 2014 – Army Corps of Engineers and consultants prepare the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement and complete additional studies

June 2015 – Release of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement

July 2015 – Public hearings on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement are held in Fort Collins and Greeley

September 2015 – Public comment period closes

2016-2018 – Army Corps of Engineers continues preparing Final Environmental Impact Statement 

2016-2018 – Northern Water continues 401 water quality certification process with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment

September 2017 – NISP's State Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan is approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and the Colorado Water Conservation Board

November 2017 – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announces the adoption of NISP's State Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan as the official state position

July 2018 – Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers release the Final Environmental Impact Statement


Moving Forward

2018-2019 – Anticipated approval of the 401 water quality certification by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

2019 – Permit decision and anticipated final Record of Decision by the Army Corps of Engineers

2019-2020 – Final design work

2021-2023 – Highway 287 relocation construction

2021-2025 –  Glade Reservoir construction

2024-2027 – Galeton Reservoir construction

2021-2027 – Conveyance pipelines, pump stations, mitigation measures, and enhancements in construction

2026 – First water stored in Glade Reservoir