The Grand County Board of County Commissioners approved a permit and related agreements for the Windy Gap Firming Project this month. Windy Gap will bring additional water to 13 local municipalities/water districts, including Greeley, Evans, Lafayette, Longmont, Loveland, Louisville, Little Thompson Water District, Superior, Erie and the Little Thompson Water District.
The commissioners approved the project after lengthy public hearings, testimony and deliberation. Windy Gap calls for the construction of the Chimney Hollow Reservoir, west of Carter Lake, near Loveland. Northern Water officials say the reservoir would provide storage to help improve the reliability of the Windy Gap project, which diverts Colorado River water from Windy Gap Reservoir and moves it through Colorado-Big Thompson Project facilities for delivery. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is expected to issue a final decision on the project in 2013.