For most of our state’s history, cities, towns, and water districts have engaged in a not-so-friendly competition to secure water for their growing communities. The truth is, water is too important to our community to let others decide – typically in the form of the entity that has the most money or legal resources to wage expensive battles in court. That’s why more than two decades ago, a large group of Northern Colorado municipal water providers and water districts gathered. On the agenda was a discussion of the projected water needs for a growing region and the futility of continuing past practices of each one pursuing its interests independently. Town of Frederick representatives saw a regional water project vision that would benefit current and future customers. Soon, along with 14 other entities, the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) began to take shape.