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Glade Reservoir NISP Project

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NISP's Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan

The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a water development proposal that includes Glade Reservoir, proposed to be located near the mouth of the Poudre Canyon, north of Fort Collins.

Per direction of a Colorado State statute (CRS 37-60-122.2), the proponents of the NISP project, Northern Water Conservancy District (Northern), presented their proposed Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The City developed draft comments to the NISP Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan and the public shared feedback on the draft comments through July 30.

City of Fort Collins staff presented and discussed this issue with City Council during the July 25th work session. On August 8th City council supported submitting comments.

Late in this process, Northern made some revisions to the mitigation plan. The City then submitted additional comments related to the revisions.

On September 7, 2017 the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to adopt the proposed Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan. City of Fort Collins submitted comments to the commission during the public comment period in August 2017. On September 20, the Colorado Water Conservation Board voted to confirm adoption of the Mitigation and Enhancement Plan.

Background

The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a proposal for a water development project that includes Glade Reservoir, a reservoir slightly larger than Horsetooth proposed to be near Ted's place. Learn more about how NISP works.

In 2008 the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) produced a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) and in 2015 a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was produced. Find the reports here. In both efforts the City comments focused on NISPs potential impacts to City of Fort Collins investments and assets including drinking water, wastewater, river ecology, stormwater and recreation.

Next Steps

The NISP project is following a specific path required in order to get federal 401 and 404 permits. In late 2017 or 2018 these documents are anticipated:

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • State Water Quality Certification
  • Record of Decision (or ROD)

Discussions

On February 21, 2017 City Council authorized staff to "meet on a regular basis with...Northern Water regarding NISP and the City's concerns, and to explore the City's interests in order to ascertain whether those interests can be met, including through potential solutions to address the City's goals and issues related to NISP..."

City Council also directed staff to provide it and the public with a record of related meetings and discussions with Northern Water.

Agendas and meeting notes will be posted here.