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: April Ballot Taking Shape

The Fort Collins municipal election is April 4, 2017. Candidate petitions are due Feb. 23 and already a variety of candidates have declared. Mayor Wade Troxell will run for another term on City Council. He will face challengers Elizabeth “Edie” Hudetz and Chavez Fisher. Hudetz is a longtime political activist and a member of SaveContinue reading “Fort Collins: April Ballot Taking Shape”

Draft Water Plan Unveiled

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) presented its draft Colorado Water Plan to Gov. Hickenlooper on Dec. 10. In the draft, the CWCB says there is widespread consensus among the various water basins that water conservation, alternative methods of using agricultural water that will not result in the permanent dry-up of farmland, and more efficientContinue reading “Draft Water Plan Unveiled”

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?”

Colorado Senator Sponsors Bill to Help Consumers Who Select More Efficient Homes

Senators Michael Bennet and Johnny Isakson (GA) have reintroduced a bill — Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act (the SAVE Act) — that requires lenders to take a home’s energy savings into account when considering a loan applicant’s eligibility for federally backed mortgages. The bill enjoys support from a wide coalition of supporters ranging fromContinue reading “Colorado Senator Sponsors Bill to Help Consumers Who Select More Efficient Homes”

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”