Project Stories

Fraser Tributaries

Fraser Tributaries

In 2015, after the Colorado Water Trust received the first approval of a Senate Bill 19 (SB-19) Water Conservation Program on Willow Creek, another Grand County, Colorado water user reached out to us. The water user and his wife read ...

Coats Bros Ditch / Tomichi Creek

Coats Bros Ditch / Tomichi Creek

The Coats Bros Ditch diverts water from the west side of Tomichi Creek to irrigate the Kruthaupt Ranch, which is located on Tomichi Creek near Gunnison. The Ditch is decreed for more than 19 cubic feet per second (cfs) under 3 separate ...

Rio Colorado  / Willow Creek

Rio Colorado / Willow Creek

This project, the first use of a Water Conservation Program created under Senate Bill 13-19, conserves flows and protects the fishery in Willow Creek and the Colorado River by ceasing diversions at two irrigation ditches during certain low flow conditions. ...

Josh Ames Diversion Dam Deconstruction

Josh Ames Diversion Dam Deconstruction

As of November 7, 2013, the Josh Ames Diversion Dam on the Cache la Poudre in Fort Collins is no longer! Built sturdy in the 1960s, but unused since the 1970s, this 8-foot high structure impeded low-flow, fish, canoeists, and kayakers. Fish ...

Wheeler Ditch / Roaring Fork River

Wheeler Ditch / Roaring Fork River

For decades, large water diversions have reduced the amount of water flowing in the upper Roaring Fork River; only a fraction of the native flow reaches the City of Aspen. At times, more than ninety percent of the native ...

Winter Park Ranch W&S / Fraser River

Winter Park Ranch W&S / Fraser River

The amount of water flowing in the heavily negotiated Fraser River has long been a topic of state-wide concern.  The instream flow water rights on the Fraser River are often water short because they are junior to other rights ...

McKinley Ditch / Little Cimarron River

McKinley Ditch / Little Cimarron River

The Little Cimarron River project offers a pioneering opportunity to provide streamflow and ecological benefits for the Little Cimarron River while keeping agricultural lands in production. In January 2014, the Colorado Water Trust purchased a portion (5.8 cfs) of the McKinley Ditch ...

Big Beaver Creek Reservoir / Big Beaver Creek & White River

Big Beaver Creek Reservoir / Big Beaver Creek & White River

CWT's Request for Water program catalyzed a water lease between Colorado Parks & Wildlife  (CPW) and the CWCB, resulting in the CWCB's lease of 3,000 acre-feet of water out of Big Beaver Reservoir on Big Beaver Creek to ...

Bunte Highline Ditch / Willow Creek

Bunte Highline Ditch / Willow Creek

CWT's largest direct flow lease through its Request for Water 2012 program, this water right sustained flows in Willow Creek downstream of Willow Creek Reservoir, down to its confluence with the Colorado River, and then down the Colorado River through ...

Yost Ditch / Deep Creek

Yost Ditch / Deep Creek

Just outside of Dotsero along I-70, through its Request for Water 2012 program, CWT leased water from a small ditch to increase faltering flows in Deep Creek.  But for this lease with a generous ranch owner, Deep Creek's existing ...

Terrace Reservoir / Alamosa River

Terrace Reservoir / Alamosa River

On November 5, 2015, the Division 3 water court issued final decrees to permanently bolster streamflows in the Alamosa River. These are the first water rights in the Alamosa River decreed for use by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) for restoring streamflows. ...

Three Sisters Ditch / Hermosa Creek

Three Sisters Ditch / Hermosa Creek

In the San Juan National Forest just north of Durango, beautiful Hermosa Creek flows into the Animas River.  Diverting from Hermosa Creek, the Three Sisters Ditch water right was conveyed to CWT in 2010 as part of a land-swap facilitated ...

Stagecoach Reservoir / Yampa River

Stagecoach Reservoir / Yampa River

The Colorado Water Trust has an ongoing commitment to ensuring healthy streamflow below Stagecoach Reservoir on the Yampa River. Read about our efforts since 2012 to keep the Yampa flowing: 2016 update - The Yampa River, although forecasted to run at normal ...

Pitkin County Trust Agreement

Pitkin County Trust Agreement

In 2001, Pitkin County and CWT began discussing how the County could utilize its water rights to improve flows in the Roaring Fork Basin.  Turned out, it was a complicated discussion due to the nature of the water rights and ...

Breem Ditch / Washington Gulch

Breem Ditch / Washington Gulch

Just outside of Crested Butte, a change of point of diversion and a contractual agreement with a downstream water supplier create an opportunity for instream flows on Washington Gulch and the Slate River.  When the a water supplier, the ...

CCC Ditch / San Miguel River

CCC Ditch / San Miguel River

In the forty years since the CCC Ditch diversion dam was built on the San Miguel River, a 1500 foot stretch of river below the diversion dam would go dry when the San Miguel dropped below 150 cubic feet per second (cfs). ...

Peabody No. 1 Ditch / Blue River

Peabody No. 1 Ditch / Blue River

When Jeannette and Howard Moser began planning to scale back their ranching operations, their local water commissioner, Scott Hummer, introduced them to the Colorado Water Trust.  Now, the Mosers’ water is protected instream, bolstering flows on fourteen miles ...

Hat Creek Ditch / Hat Creek

Hat Creek Ditch / Hat Creek

Hat Creek, home to native cutthroat trout, is a tributary of upper Brush Creek in Eagle County.  This water project is the result of years of collaboration among Vail Associates, the Colorado Water Trust, the U.S. Forest Service, ...