Project Active

2016 – Present

Fraser Tributaries Water Conservation Program

This Water Conservation Program in Grand County restores flow to several streams in the Fraser River basin while ensuring that the owner’s water rights are protected.

Through 2021, the Fraser Tributaries project has restored

million gallons


of water to the Fraser River and its 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 read about the Willow Creek project in a local newspaper and wanted to see if their water rights could help the Fraser River. SB-19 Water Conservation Programs address existing Colorado water laws that encourage people to “use it or lose it” by allowing water users to keep their water in the river without injury to their water rights.

In November 2016, in partnership with the water users, the Water Trust obtained the necessary approval of the Water Conservation Program for the owner’s water rights and the parties may implement the Program up to four more times in the next nine years, through 2026.


  • Photo Credit: Colorado Water Trust Staff
  • Project Partners: Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Use the flow dashboard below to learn about the operations of the Fraser Tributaries project, and just how much water has been restored to the Fraser River and its tributaries over the project’s lifetime. Just click or hover over the graphs below to learn more!

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