Public Supports More Water Storage
Water is always a sensitive topic in the West. Other places drink it, we fight over it! Even as I look out the window as I write this at the gray sky and damp street and think about the scenes of devastation from the floods only six weeks ago, our water problems in Northern Colorado are usually about not having enough of the stuff rather than having too much.
The residents of Larimer and Weld counties understand the need for water development based on a poll recently conducted by pollster Ciruli Associates on behalf of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.
Some of the findings include:
- 72% of Larimer County, 79% of Weld County and 60% of Morgan County residents support the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP), which includes building the Glade Reservoir north of Horsetooth Reservoir.
- Fort Collins residents support NISP 60% vs. 19%.
- Only 8% of Greeley residents oppose it.
- Almost 90% believe Colorado should store water that is legally available to it before it flows out of state.