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Northern Water E-Waternews May 2018
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Northern Water works with partners to prevent spread of nuisance species

Area resource managers will be tightening requirements for launching motorboats, sailboats and personal motorized watercraft at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake boat ramps in the weeks to come. Both reservoirs are part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

New requirements from the Eastern Colorado Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, will mean that boat ramps will remain locked except when an inspector is present. People staying in backcountry boat-in campsites and visitors wanting to fish after 10 p.m. should be aware of this change, because boat ramps will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. These protective measures are intended to prevent illegal launching without inspection, which could result in introduction and infestation of the reservoirs by invasive aquatic species such as the quagga and zebra mussels.

Boaters should be aware of ramp hours to ensure access to the ramp at the end of their visit. A full schedule is available here.

Northern Water is providing in-kind resources and funding to ensure the success of the program.

New Irrigation Innovation Consortium gets launched at CSU event

A new program through Colorado State University and backed by Northern Water has received a $5 million federal grant to get started.

On April 27, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research announced it would award the $5 million grant to launch the Consortium, which is described as "a collaborative research effort to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships."

Participating in the announcement were Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, CSU Chancellor Tony Frank, Northern Water General Manager Brad Wind and other participants from across the public and private sectors.

Conservation Gardens Fair set for June 9

Northern Water will host its annual Conservation Gardens Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9 at Northern Water headquarters, 220 Water Ave., Berthoud.

The free, family-friendly event will include seminars, expert advice, irrigation demonstrations and updates on technology. Several activities are planned for youths, including a children's potting bench, rain maker target shoot and a showcase of large equipment.

The first 400 attendees will receive a free perennial plant, and prizes will be available throughout the day.

Northern Water crews replace concrete liners in Hansen Feeder Canal

Operations and maintenance crews with Northern Water were busy this spring, replacing a dozen concrete-lined sections in the Hansen Feeder Canal between Flatiron Reservoir and Horsetooth Reservoir.

Northern Water workers replace panels on the Hansen Feeder Canal in Larimer County.

The work is part of the annual maintenance performed by Northern Waters O&M crews throughout the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

While the canal was empty, inspectors were able to look at how the Maitlin Siphon has performed after a new steel liner was installed in late 2017.

Deliveries through the Colorado-Big Thompson Project distribution system started on April 1.