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Northern Water E-Waternews June 2018
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Northern Water part of celebration
of Fraser River channel restoration

A consortium of public and private organizations, including Northern Water's Municipal Subdistrict, celebrated the restoration of a stretch of the Fraser River in Grand County recently.

The restoration, conducted through the Learning by Doing initiative, has seen the improvement of the stream channel on the Fraser River, greatly improving the aquatic habitat while adding more fish to the river.

As part of the restoration, a nearly one-mile stretch of the Fraser River that had become warm, shallow and wide was improved with work on the stream that included channel stabilization and improved ground cover.

With the improvements, a half-mile stretch of the river also has opened to public fishing. Other participants included Grand County, Denver Water, Trout Unlimited and other stakeholders.

New website offers better access to Windy Gap Firming Project info

Northern Water and the Municipal Subdistrict have launched a revamped website to provide easy-to-find data regarding the Windy Gap Firming Project and its chief component, Chimney Hollow Reservoir.

The site,, offers answers to frequently asked questions, information for potential contractors and download-ready fact sheets. In addition, it offers a video from Gov. John Hickenlooper that discusses his endorsement of the project as well as its place in the the Colorado Water Plan.

As the project moves forward, the site will also present information related to the construction of Chimney Hollow Reservoir as well as the mitigation and enhancement efforts being conducted by Northern Water's Municipal Subdistrict.

Hundreds attend Northern Water Conservation Gardens Fair

The annual Northern Water Conservation Gardens Fair attracted hundreds to Northern Water's Berthoud headquarters on Saturday, June 9.

Attendees learned about water efficiency, landscape management, home irrigation systems and many more topics. In addition to Northern Water presentations, several vendors and organizations had a presence at the fair.

Several activities were designed exclusively for children, allowing them to learn more about water efficiency, water quality and other topics while having fun.

While the next Conservation Gardens Fair won't be until 2019, information about best practices for homeowners and landscape professionals is always available at the Northern Water website.

In addition, the Conservation Gardens at Northern Water have their own page on Facebook, which is accessible here.

Final Environmental Impact Statement due soon for NISP

Federal officials will release the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project within the next few weeks.

The report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlines the environmental impacts of the project as well as identifying potential mitigation and enhancement measures that can be implemented to address those impacts. The Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved Northern Water's Mitigation and Enhancement Plan in 2017.

Upon its release, members of the public may offer comment within the public comment time period. It is expected that federal officials will issue a Record of Decision regarding NISP in 2019.

Upcoming dates
June 28: Northern Water East Slope Tour, 7:30 a.m. Learn more about tours.
July 4: Independence Day. Northern Water offices closed.
July 5: Northern Water & Subdistrict Planning and Action Session, 9 a.m.
July 12: Northern Water & Subdistrict Board Meeting, 9 a.m.
For Northern Water & Subdistrict Board meeting agendas visit our website.