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Northern Integrated

Supply Project

NISP is an innovative water supply partnership that will provide the Central Weld County Water District (CWCWD) and 14 other water providers in Northern Colorado with the water we need to maintain a high-quality way of life and thriving community. CWCWD will receive 3,500 acre-feet of permitted annual yield. This is enough for approximately 7,000 families to bathe their kids, prepare healthy meals and provide sanitation necessary for everyday life. NISP water isn’t just for drinking, however.


With Northern Colorado’s population set to double by 2050, NISP will not only provide a secure water future, but it will enhance recreation, support environmental and wildlife stewardship, improve safety and reliability, and also reduce water waste. The creation of two new water storage reservoirs that will provide outdoor recreation opportunities that Northern Colorado needs. The project will also complete various ditch and canal improvements while building safe and resilient pipelines to deliver quality water to participants like CWCWD.


Our community’s agricultural roots run deep, and NISP will provide needed water supply for agricultural production that drives a significant portion of our economy. It’s no wonder that ag organizations and Northern Colorado businesses have endorsed NISP – they know water supply and economic health are linked.

Recent Milestones
Planning for NISP dates back to the 1980s, but recent milestones and accomplishments show the project continues making steady progress:

  • January 2020: The Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issues NISP the Colorado 401 Water Quality Certification.

  • July 2020: The Larimer County Planning Commission recommends approval of a county 1041 permit for the Northern Integrated Supply Project.

  • September 2020: The Larimer County Board of County Commissioners approves the 1041 Land Use Permit application.

  • End of 2021: Following a rigorous multi-year state and federal environmental permitting process, the final permit required – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Record of Decision – is expected, clearing the way for the project to move into pre-construction.

WaterSecure Supports Our Way of Life:
A key element of NISP is the WaterSecure program, which provides an alternative to traditional “buy and dry” practices that caused productive fields and dairies to disappear in recent years. WaterSecure allows farmers to benefit financially from their valuable water rights while keeping water flowing to their fields.

Visit the NISP website for additional information and resources.

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