Northern Water E-Waternews October 2019
Colorado River and regional water supplies to take center stage at Fall Symposium
Broad-ranging discussions about Northern Colorado's water supply will be the focus of the 2019 Northern Water Fall Symposium, planned for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The Embassy Suites in Loveland.
The "big picture" topics at the Symposium will be a departure from the traditional Fall Water Users Meetings held in previous years by Northern Water. The event will bring together voices from across the region to talk about current and future issues that may affect the water supply for about 1 million people in Northern Water boundaries.
Discussion topics include "The Colorado River: Navigating Uncharted Waters," "Reliability and Climate Change," and a look at the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project under development by Denver Water.
See the complete Symposium schedule for details about the presentations.
The event is free, but registration is requested to give us guidance on food requirements. To register, select the event on the calendar for Nov. 20.
Northern Water Board of Directors sets initial Colorado-Big Thompson quota at 50 percent
The Northern Water Board of Directors has declared a 50 percent initial quota for the beginning of the 2020 Water Year.
The setting of the quota allows for users of Colorado-Big Thompson Project water to access supplies over the first few months of the water year. In April, Board members will look at conditions in the region before setting the annual quota. Currently, storage in the project is above average for this time of year.
A late-season storm in June created conditions in which the Colorado-Big Thompson Project reached its highest level of storage in the project's 62 years of full operations. On July 14, the primary storage reservoirs of the project (Lake Granby, Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake) held 802,522 acre-feet of water. It eclipsed the previous record, set in 2017, by 1,600 acre-feet.
Learn more about the Colorado-Big Thompson Project quota system.
NISP site fall
While fall foliage now dominates the landscape along U.S. Highway 287 north of Fort Collins, the area shown will be part of the footprint of Glade Reservoir after its construction. The Northern Water Board of Directors heard this month about progress being made toward an intergovernmental agreement with Larimer County that includes the relocation of the highway.
Officer elections, resolutions highlight work of Northern Water Board of Directors
Northern Water's annual Board reorganization effort took place during the Board's meeting on Oct. 10. Because Oct. 1 is the start of Northern Water's fiscal year, the meeting included the election of Board officers and other duties for the Board to operate throughout the year.
Officers remained the same for 2020: Mike Applegate of Larimer County is the president of the Northern Water Board, with John Rusch of Morgan and Washington counties serving as vice president. For the Municipal Subdistrict, Dennis Yanchunas of Boulder County will continue to serve as president and Bill Emslie of Larimer County as vice president.
Other board action included:
The Board approved a resolution expressing support for Proposition DD, which, if passed, would legalize sports betting in Colorado while earmarking tax revenues off of gambling profits toward the implementation of the Colorado Water Plan.
Board members heard about the progress being made on the Southern Water Supply Project II pipeline being installed between Carter Lake and Boulder Reservoir. It will provide high quality water for the City of Boulder, Left Hand Water District, Longs Peak Water District and the Town of Berthoud. Construction should be complete in early 2020.
The Board received an update on procurement efforts for the construction of Chimney Hollow Reservoir. Progress is being made toward the recommendation of a contractor to build the reservoir west of Carter Lake, and Municipal Subdistrict Board members will likely have a construction contract to consider at the Dec. 7 Board meeting.
Board members learned about progress made for the development of an intergovernmental agreement between Northern Water, on behalf of the participants in the Northern Integrated Supply Project, and Larimer County on three issues of local concern: recreation at Glade Reservoir, siting of conveyance pipelines and the relocation of U.S. Highway 287 away from the footprint of the reservoir.
Northern Water Public Information Officer Brian Werner, right, received recognition at the Colorado Water Congress summer conference in August.
Save the date: Longtime Northern Water spokesman to be honored Nov. 20
A celebration for Northern Water's longtime Public Information Officer Brian Werner is planned for 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 20, with a formal presentation planned for 3 p.m. The event follows Northern Water's Fall Symposium at The Embassy Suites in Loveland.
For more than a generation, Brian has been the public face of Northern Water, helping to explain the complexities of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Windy Gap Project and future proposed projects. He also has played a key role in the development of water education programs throughout the state, and thousands of schoolchildren have participated in water festivals that bear his influence.
Please plan on attending to help celebrate Brian's long career with Northern Water.
Images from Colorado's history of water development are part of the collection at the CSU Water Resources Archive. Now, the archive has added new video interviews to the collection.
From the archives: CSU Water Resources Archive increases its video history collection
A special initiative from the Colorado State University Libraries Water Resources Archive is producing results, with the publication of several new video oral histories of water policy giants in the state.
In the past few months, the video history collection has added eight new interviews, including ones with former Northern Water General Manager Eric Wilkinson, former Denver Water General Counsel Patti Wells, and former legislator and cabinet member Russ George.
Other new interviews include David Robbins, Travis Smith, Alan Hamel, John Stulp and Tom Sharp.
The Water Resources Archive is a joint effort between the Colorado State University Libraries and the Colorado Water Center to bring together materials from across the state.
Support for the video history collection is still needed, and those interested can donate to help the effort continue into the future.
Career opportunities at Northern Water
Join the staff at Northern Water to deliver water to users throughout Northeastern Colorado.
Current openings include:
A financial analyst to collect, monitor and analyze financial data for Northern Water and its enterprises, as well as to help other departments create and monitor operating budgets.
A mechanical/electrical worker to assist with maintaining, monitoring and operating electrical and mechanical equipment associated with Northern Water’s reservoirs, canals, water conveyance pipelines, pumping plants and hydropower facilities.
A water scheduling technician to be a point of contact for Colorado-Big Thompson Project account entities as they take delivery of water, and to aid in the accounting of those resources.
A control system engineer to maintain and upgrade existing systems at Northern Water.
A construction manager to coordinate building projects being pursued by Northern Water and the Municipal Subdistrict.
Oct. 23-24: South Platte Forum, Westin Hotel, Westminster.
Nov. 7: Northern Water planning session, 9 a.m.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day. Northern Water offices are closed.
Nov. 14: Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict Board meetings, 9 a.m.
Nov. 20: Northern Water Fall Sy [truncated for length]