Ken Buck Praises Release of Final EIS for NISP Water Project
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) released a statement praising the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP). After 15 years of wading through needless red tape in the federal permitting process, the completion of the FEIS marks a significant milestone.
“This is a great step forward for a very important project,” stated Congressman Ken Buck. “For northern Colorado, proper water stewardship and storage is vital to our agriculture, recreation, and economy. While it’s unfortunate that overly complex government permitting regulations have held up NISP for this long, I am extremely encouraged that this final impact statement will soon allow northern Colorado to have a more certain supply of water.”
The FEIS is an exhaustive study undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that investigates potential alternative water supply sources for northern Colorado and addresses environmental concerns with the NISP project. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires a permit for this project because it intends to impact 51 acres of federal Waters of the U.S. and 19 acres of wetlands.
NISP is a water storage and infrastructure project that would provide a more reliable water supply in fifteen towns, cities, and water districts throughout the region. Congressman Buck has been vocal about the need for faster permitting of water storage projects and has called attention to the unnecessary delay of the NISP project. He has also supported legislation such as the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act, which would streamline the water project permitting system.