Northern Water E-Waternews January 2019
Partnership helps to improve Poudre River habitat
A collaborative effort among the participants of the Northern Integrated Supply Project, Morning Fresh Dairy, noosa yoghurt and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is helping to improve the habitat on the Poudre River.
A fish passage is being installed at the diversion dam adjacent to Watson Lake and the CPW fish hatchery nearby.
Crews broke ground on the $850,000 project in December, with completion slated for April. Through the project, two segments of the river that had been disconnected by the diversion barrier will be reconnected.
"We appreciate the collaboration from the project partners on this important fishway that will reconnect over two miles of stream habitat for the aquatic species," said Kyle Battige, an aquatic biologist for CPW. "Supporting the fish passage at Watson Lake aligns with CPW's goal through improving several facets: ecosystem health, angler access, public safety and public education."
The fish passage, designed by OneFish Engineering, is one feature outlined in the NISP Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan. Similar fish passages are called for in several other Poudre River locations in the Fort Collins area.
Morning Fresh Dairy and noosa yoghurt, which have their headquarters near Watson Lake, have contributed funding for half of the project's costs.
Pipeline crews making progress toward 2020 goal
Contractors installing a new pipeline to bring water from Carter Lake to communities in the southern portion of Northern Water's service area have their sights set on a busy year of construction.
The Southern Water Supply Project II pipeline will connect Carter Lake with the city of Boulder, town of Berthoud, Longs Peak Water District and Left Hand Water District using more than 20 miles of steel pipe.
Work started on the $44 million project in 2018, and project managers anticipate substantial completion by January 2020, with project completion by April 2020. So far, crews have installed more than two miles of pipeline, and many critical infrastructure crossings have been bored through.
To learn more about the project and to see a map of where and when construction will occur, go to the project website, swsp2.org.
Following dry 2018, storms bring snow total closer to normal
Strong fall snows in the Rocky Mountains have put the regional snowpack at average or slightly above-average totals for this time of year, but water managers are maintaining careful watch over this year's snowpack.
Recent observations from the Natural Resources Conservation Service show that the South Platte and Upper Colorado River basins are slightly above normal for snow. However, we are less than halfway through the snowpack accumulation season, which usually peaks in late April or early May. Unfortunately, Southwestern Colorado remains below average snowpack totals for this time of year.
Local reservoir storage is also above average going into the 2019 growing season. Water districts 1, 2 and 64, which are in the South Platte basin, showed about 112 percent of average water totals for January.
These data points and more will be part of the determination of the 2019 Colorado-Big Thompson Project quota that will be set by the Northern Water Board of Directors on April 11.
Save the date: Spring Water Users Meeting set for April 9
Northern Water constituents who want to offer input on the 2019 C-BT Project quota allocation or who want to learn more about the organization's efforts are invited to attend the Spring Water Users Meeting, set for April 9 at The Ranch in Loveland.
The meeting agenda is still under development, but the Spring Water Users Meeting occurs before Northern Water's Board of Directors sets the yearly quota for project deliveries.
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