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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 Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) have 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 was of significant concern to CPW because the existing wing of the Highland ditch diversion extended across the entire river channel, posing a significant movement barrier to the fish within that section of the White River. Therefore, CPW spearheaded a cooperative and collaborative effort between a variety of 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, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Colorado Water Conservation Board Roundtable, and CO Water Trust.

The goal of this effort was 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. FlyWater was involved with preliminary fish passage alternative analysis and cost estimating. The new design for this diversion needed to continue to meet important agricultural/water needs by supplying irrigation water without any significant impediments, and also minimize the number of fish leaving the White River.

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion

Highland Ditch Diversion