Project Active

2012 – Present

Willow Creek – Bunte Highline Ditch

A short-term lease to benefit water-short segments of the upper Colorado River.
Through 2020, the Bunte Highline Ditch, Willow Creek Project has restored over

million gallons


of water to Willow Creek and the Colorado River.

How Did This Project Come to Us?:

Colorado Water Trust received a direct flow lease offer through the 2012 Request For Water program that supported Willow Creek down to the Colorado River through and past Windy Gap. 

Tools Used:

Instream Flow Water Acquisition – Short Term Lease (Water typically used for irrigation and diverted out of the river, will instead work to support four instream flow water rights, totaling 34 miles, on the Colorado River.)

Project Partners:

Colorado Water Conservation Board, Aspen Shorefox LLC, Helton & Williamsen (Project Consultant)

Project Years:

This lease was created through the 2012 Request for Water program.


  • Cover Photo: Colorado Water Trust Staff
Use the flow dashboard below to learn about the operations of the Bunte Highline Ditch project, and just how much water has been restored to Willow Creek and the Colorado River over the project’s lifetime. Just click or hover over the graphs below to learn more!

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