The Halligan Water Supply Project proposes to enlarge Halligan Reservoir, an existing reservoir on the North Fork of the Poudre River located about 25 miles northwest of Fort Collins. The purposes of the Halligan Project are to:
- Meet future water demands of the Fort Collins Utilities service area;
- Provide a storage reserve for emergency water supply disruptions;
- Increase drought security; and
- Improve water system reliability and flexibility.
Although the City owns Halligan Reservoir, it currently does not own, nor can use any of the water in the reservoir. Increasing storage capacity, along with reducing water demands through conservation, will allow Utilities to meet the future needs of our customers.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is scheduled to be released in 2019. This will be a critical milestone in the permitting process for the Halligan Project and will publicly detail the project, its alternatives and potential impacts. To find out more information about permitting, click here.
Fort Collins is currently formulating mitigation and enhancement plans for the Halligan Water Supply Project. The City proposes to detail these plans in a Conceptual Avoidance, Minimization and Mitigation Plan that will be released at the same time as the draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Corps writes the draft Environmental Impact Statement while the City writes Conceptual Avoidance, Minimization and Mitigation Plan.