Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP)

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More than 200 ranchers, farmers and environmentalists will gather in Loveland tomorrow for this year’s Agriculture Water Summit.

Photo by Kirk Siegler / KUNC

Supporters of a large, proposed water storage project in northern Colorado staged what was billed as a jobs and economy rally in Loveland Thursday. 

Colorado Republican Congressman Cory Gardner was among the speakers.  He said says the Northern Integrated Supply Project, or NISP, would be a boost to the economy of northeastern Colorado.  

"We have to recognize that jobs and economic development across this state, are tied to our ability to store and deliver, clean, affordable water," Gardner said.

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A project that would divert Poudre River water into two reservoirs could hurt Northern Colorado agriculture. That’s according to a newly released report by the nonprofit Save the Poudre. But as at least one group is challenging the findings.

More than 30 oil and gas wells are either actively drilling or have been permitted on the site of the proposed Galeton Reservoir in Weld County.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall about the potential effect of the overlap on the long-awaited NISP water project.