Northern Water and the 15 NISP participants have been going through the federal permitting processes for several years, with that hard work and persistence now paying dividends.
In the fall of 2017, the NISP Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan was approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and Colorado Water Conservation Board, with Gov. John Hickenlooper also putting his signature on that document.
Additionally, in the summer of 2018, officials from the Army Corps of Engineers 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. In addition to marking yet another step in a 15-year federal permitting process, the FEIS showed that no new significant issues have popped up and that the impacts can and will be mitigated.
With those milestones reached, here’s are some anticipated upcoming dates in the NISP timeline:
Sept. 4, 2018 – Deadline for the ongoing 45-day public comment period for the NISP FEIS
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