What is the Northern Integrated Supply Project?

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The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a proposed water storage and distribution project that will supply 15 Northern Front Range water providers (participants) with 40,000 acre feet of new, reliable water supplies. The participants are a group of rapidly growing communities and domestic water districts located throughout Northern Water district boundaries, and include Central Weld County Water District, City of Dacono, Town of Eaton, Town of Erie, City of Evans, Town of Firestone, Fort Collins-Loveland Water District, City of Fort Lupton, City of Fort Morgan, Town of Frederick, City of Lafayette, Left Hand Water District, Morgan County Quality Water District, Town of Severance and the Town of Windsor.

The two primary components of NISP are the Glade Reservoir Complex and the South Platte Water Conservation Project. Glade Reservoir would be a new off-channel reservoir and is the primary water supply reservoir from which all deliveries to NISP participants would be made. Diversions from the Poudre River into Glade Reservoir would be made via the existing Poudre Valley Canal diversion structure and canal, a new forebay reservoir, and new pump station from the forebay reservoir into Glade Reservoir. Conveyance to NISP participants will be made from Glade Reservoir via Poudre River delivery and multiple pipelines.

The South Platte Water Conservation Project would divert and store water from the South Platte River. Stored water would be delivered to the existing Larimer and Weld Irrigation Company and New Cache la Poudre Irrigating Company. NISP would then exchange and convey a like amount of water from the diversion structures of these irrigation companies for storage in Glade Reservoir and/or delivery to NISP participants. South Platte Water Conservation Project facilities would include:

  • A new off-channel reservoir, Galeton Reservoir
  • A new diversion, forebay reservoir and pump station just downstream of the confluence of the Poudre and South Platte Rivers
  • Pipelines from the pump station to Galeton Reservoir and from Galeton Reservoir to the existing ditches

Each of these project components is shown in the map to the right and additional information on these features can be found in the document library to the right.

The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a proposed water storage and distribution project that will supply 15 Northern Front Range water providers (participants) with 40,000 acre feet of new, reliable water supplies. The participants are a group of rapidly growing communities and domestic water districts located throughout Northern Water district boundaries, and include Central Weld County Water District, City of Dacono, Town of Eaton, Town of Erie, City of Evans, Town of Firestone, Fort Collins-Loveland Water District, City of Fort Lupton, City of Fort Morgan, Town of Frederick, City of Lafayette, Left Hand Water District, Morgan County Quality Water District, Town of Severance and the Town of Windsor.

The two primary components of NISP are the Glade Reservoir Complex and the South Platte Water Conservation Project. Glade Reservoir would be a new off-channel reservoir and is the primary water supply reservoir from which all deliveries to NISP participants would be made. Diversions from the Poudre River into Glade Reservoir would be made via the existing Poudre Valley Canal diversion structure and canal, a new forebay reservoir, and new pump station from the forebay reservoir into Glade Reservoir. Conveyance to NISP participants will be made from Glade Reservoir via Poudre River delivery and multiple pipelines.

The South Platte Water Conservation Project would divert and store water from the South Platte River. Stored water would be delivered to the existing Larimer and Weld Irrigation Company and New Cache la Poudre Irrigating Company. NISP would then exchange and convey a like amount of water from the diversion structures of these irrigation companies for storage in Glade Reservoir and/or delivery to NISP participants. South Platte Water Conservation Project facilities would include:

  • A new off-channel reservoir, Galeton Reservoir
  • A new diversion, forebay reservoir and pump station just downstream of the confluence of the Poudre and South Platte Rivers
  • Pipelines from the pump station to Galeton Reservoir and from Galeton Reservoir to the existing ditches

Each of these project components is shown in the map to the right and additional information on these features can be found in the document library to the right.