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Northern Water News

BERTHOUD – A different water supply is now available for lease by Northern Colorado farmers, municipal providers and other water users, with bids due March 18. The Northern Water Board of Directors today allocated water from Northern Water’s Regional Pool Program. The Board agreed to make 15,000 acre feet available for lease, an amount they based on the upcoming runoff season and the status of Colorado-Big Thompson Project reserves. RPP water is C-BT water that wasn’t used the year before. RPP leases will be awarded based on highest bids per acre foot. Sealed bids are due by 2 p.m. March 18 at Northern Water’s headquarters, 220 Water Ave., Berthoud, CO 80513. Bid prices per acre foot must be greater than or equal to $9.32, a floor price the Board selected based on the 2011 agricultural assessment. Immediately after the deadline, Northern Water will hold a public meeting to open the bids. General bid results will be available by clicking on the Regional Pool Program button at http://www.northernwater.org, a page that also has the bid forms and instructions. To stay informed, people can sign up for updates at regionalpool@ncwcd.org or contact Northern Water’s distribution systems staff at 970-292-2500. The Board adopted the RPP in 2005, but this is only the second year with enough C-BT water in storage to implement the program. Last year, the program led to the lease of more than 11,000 acre feet of water. “We’re excited to have a second year to try out this program, which provides another way for water users in the region to get the supplies they need,” said Brad Wind, deputy manager of Northern Water’s operations division. About Northern Water Northern Water is a public agency created in 1937 to contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to build the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which collects water on the West Slope and delivers it to the East Slope through a 13-mile tunnel that runs underneath Rocky Mountain National Park. Northern Water’s boundaries encompass portions of eight counties and a population of about 850,000 people. For more information, visit http://www.northernwater.org.