Fort Collins: City to Continue NISP Discussions

The Fort Collins City Council voted 6-1 (with Bob Overbeck dissenting) to permit staff to continue discussions with Northern Water on Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) mitigation measures for the Poudre River. Northern Water says the proposed project includes enhancements for the river. The draft proposal includes streamflow commitments to enhance low flows and protectContinue reading “Fort Collins: City to Continue NISP Discussions”

Fort Collins: City Council to Consider New NISP Resolution

Fort Collins staff is encouraged by the changes to Northern Water’s Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) proposal but that doesn’t mean the City is ready to remove its objections to the project. One change eliminates a pipeline between Horsetooth Reservoir and one of the new reservoirs (Glade), alleviating concern regarding water quality in  Horsetooth. TheContinue reading “Fort Collins: City Council to Consider New NISP Resolution”

How Can the South Platte Basin Meet Future Water Needs?

A plan to address the predicted future water supply deficit in Northern Colorado calls for reuse of water among other recommendations. Northern Colorado is part of the South Platte Basin. A group of state House and Senate lawmakers and members of the public met to discuss the South Platte Basin’s Water Plan, which will beContinue reading “How Can the South Platte Basin Meet Future Water Needs?”

Proposed Reservoirs Would Have Made Difference This Spring

Northern Water says that if Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) had been operational, the Poudre River’s spring runoff and the damage it created would have been reduced. Not only that, but both the proposed Glade and Galeton reservoirs would have stored huge volumes of water this year, protecting the region against future drought. “This is oneContinue reading “Proposed Reservoirs Would Have Made Difference This Spring”

Northern Colorado Water’s Offer to Help Fund NISP EIS Approved

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced its decision to accept funding from the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Northern Water), in order to expedite the preparation of the Northern Integrated Supply Project Environmental Impact Statement and evaluation of the NISP 404 Permit application. The Corps of Engineers has been hampered by a lackContinue reading “Northern Colorado Water’s Offer to Help Fund NISP EIS Approved”

National Efforts Underway to Expedite NISP and Other Water Projects

Rep. Cory Gardner is drafting a bill to expedite the federal permitting process for new water projects, as long as the projects are endorsed by the governor of that state. Many regional water projects have been in the federal permitting stages for years, with participants having spent millions of dollars along the way and noContinue reading “National Efforts Underway to Expedite NISP and Other Water Projects”

Hickenlooper Declares Support for NISP

Gov. John Hickenlooper wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for a speedy decision on the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP), saying that this summer’s drought has illustrated the importance of additional water storage. In doing so, Hickenlooper is tacitly giving support for the project, something that the Northern Water Conservation District and stateContinue reading “Hickenlooper Declares Support for NISP”

Congressman Polis meets with REALTORS®

Congressman Jared Polis, who will likely represent the people of Larimer County in January when the county becomes part of the 2nd Congressional District, met with the leadership of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors® and the Loveland-Berthoud Association of Realtors®. He said he would cosponsor a bill supported by NAR that would extend debtContinue reading “Congressman Polis meets with REALTORS®”

County Plans to Expand Local Control

Larimer County already has 1041 regulations in place for power projects. Now it wants to make sure it has some ability to impact other types of infrastructure projects within its jurisdiction. In 1974, the Colorado General Assembly enacted measures to further define the authority of state and local governments in making planning decisions for matters of statewide interest. Continue reading “County Plans to Expand Local Control”