The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project will be released this week. This is a significant and important milestone in moving the NISP project forward and concludes more than a decade of environmental study.

The Northern Integrated Supply Project is a proposed water storage and distribution project that will supply 15 Northern Front Range water partners with 40,000 acre feet of new, reliable water supplies. The project consists of two reservoirs, Glade and Galeton. Construction of Glade Reservoir will require the relocation of seven miles of U.S. Highway 287 northwest of Fort Collins and will provide a recreational amenity to Northern Colorado.

NISP will store excess water currently leaving the state in years of abundance. Through an exchange with two local ditch companies, the project will provide some water in all years.

Dates and locations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public hearings on the NISP Supplemental EIS are: Wednesday, July 22 at the Hilton Fort Collins and Thursday, July 23 at the Weld County Administration Building.

The public hearings begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be preceded by open houses beginning at 5:00 p.m. Northern Water needs support. It is critical to have NISP supporters attend meetings.

Senator Cory Gardner will headline a Northern Integrated Supply Project support rally Thursday, July 2, in Berthoud. Senator Gardner, along with other elected officials, NISP participants and supporters will attend the rally to voice their continued support for the water storage project that includes Glade and Galeton reservoirs. NISP has been mired in the federal permitting process for more than a decade.

The rally will kick off in Northern Water’s backyard beginning at 1:15 p.m. Tours of Northern Water’s award winning conservation gardens are also available.

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