Sept. 20 open house to celebrate Northern Water’s 75th anniversary

The public is invited to come celebrate Northern Water’s 75th anniversary at its Berthoud headquarters on Sept. 20.

The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. with an open house and tours of Northern Water’s award-winning Conservation Gardens and an interpretive model of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project – the reason for Northern Water’s creation on Sept. 20, 1937.

Northern Water was established on that date 75 years ago as the first water conservancy district in the state and was tasked to work with the federal government to contract for and then build and operate the C-BT Project. The project, built by Northern Water and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, forever changed this semi-arid region by helping provide water to sustain farms and faucets within Northern Water’s eight-county service area. Today the C-BT supplies 850,000 residents and 640,000 irrigated acres with a portion of their much needed and highly valued water supply.

The Sept. 20 celebratory remarks will begin at 2 p.m. Speakers include former Congressman Hank Brown, historian Dan Tyler and Mike Ryan, regional director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
After the program, Conservation Gardens tours will continue, along with the opportunity to walk through the Berthoud campus, 220 Water Ave., and learn more about Northern Water’s operations and activities from employees firsthand. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to view historical photos, visit and click on the 75th anniversary logo on the bottom right.

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