- February 8: Board Meeting at 7:00 PM. Members are welcome to attend any board meeting. Check with a Board Member for the meeting location and/or agenda.
- February 13: Open House on City’s Approach to Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP)
The public, and especially this newsletter’s readers, are invited to learn about, and provide your inputs regarding the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) at an Open House, Monday, February 13, 5-7 p.m. at the Lincoln Center’s Columbine Room, 417 West Magnolia, Fort Collins. The open house will provide information about a proposal by City staff that would allow staff to explore the potential for negotiated outcomes with Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Northern is the NISP project proponent. At its February 21 meeting, Fort Collins City Council will be considering staff’s recommendation. You might also want to attend the City Council meeting, but the open house will be personally interactive and responsive to your questions.
The proposed NISP project has a long and contentious history. Its basic purpose is to divert infrequent high flows from the Poudre during Springtime months, and store the diverted water in a new reservoir to be constructed near Ted’s Place on route 287. Later, the stored water would be distributed via new pipelines, to 15 water suppliers in northern Colorado communities, as their water users continue to grow in population. This diversion of water before the river’s in-stream flows reach downtown Fort Collins, would destroy the natural beauty and highly valued recreation resource that now exists along the urban reach of the Poudre.
Recently, Northern Water has proposed a different flow management pattern that, over a 12-mile long river channel from near Ted’s place downstream to approximately Timnath, would keep substantial flows in-river during run-off months and also during other months maintain low flows somewhat greater than currently occur.
If this sounds complicated (it is) that’s the reason to attend the open house at Lincoln Center on February 13, 5 PM to 7 PM.
- February 15: Rocky Mountain Flycasters Fly Tying Expo
Rocky Mountain Flycasters annual Tying Expo is the perfect winter pick-me-up. Following on the heels of the International Fly Fishing show in Denver, this year’s tying expo will get you right in front of many of Northern Colorado’s finest tiers.
Great raffle items throughout the night including the tiers’ own flies!! A loaded silent auction table will provide wonderful opportunity to pick up some quality items and gear!!
All of this, including food, is to support the mission of Rocky Mountain Flycasters. This is our annual fund raiser and your attendance and contributions allow us to continue to provide a first rate conservation presence in Northern Colorado.
We begin at 5:30 pm (one hour earlier than usual) at the Fort Collins Senior Center. The Fort Collins Senior Center is located at 1200 Raintree Drive off Shields Avenue between Prospect and Drake. Additional meeting information.
Note of the Day:
...[bridge pools are] often overlooked by fly fishers because these places are fished by everyone, especially bait fishers who usually remove the largest trout from a river. However, invariably, pools under bridges harbor a couple of monster brown trout who are canny enough to survive seasonal barrages of worms, spinners, and flies. source unknown