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Highland Ditch Diversion

The Upper White River basin supports a tremendously important cold-water fishery that is important for both ecological and recreational purposes. Native fish species which are of special concern to both Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) which historically occurred within the upper White River basin. The Highland Ditch diversion is one of the largest irrigation diversions on the upper White River and is of significant concern to CPW because the existing wing of into the Highland ditch diversion extends across the entire river channel, which poses a significant movement barrier to the fish within this section of the White River. Therefore, CPW is spearheading a cooperative and collaborative effort between a variety of potential project partners and entities including but not limited to the Highland Ditch Company, Trout Unlimited, High Lonesome Ranch/K Bar T Ranch, Wheeler/Elk Creek Ranch, TNC, USFWS, Colorado Water Conservation Board Roundtable, and CO Water Trust. The goal of this effort is to work cooperatively and collaboratively with these partners to develop and implement a new design for the Highland Ditch irrigation diversion on the White River which will continue to meet the important agricultural/water needs in terms of supplying irrigation water without any significant impediments while also minimizing the number of fish that leave the White River.

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion