Project Completed


Cache la Poudre River – Josh Ames Diversion Dam Deconstruction

As of November 7, 2013, the Josh Ames Diversion Dam on the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins is no longer!

How Did This Project Come to Us?:

The City of Fort Collins partnered with Colorado Water Trust to complete the due diligence, permitting, and fundraising necessary to remove the Josh Ames Diversion Dam, which impeded low-flows, fish passage, and recreation, despite being unused since the 1970s. 

Tools Used:

Dam Deconstruction (Working with the City of Fort Collins, the structure was removed, increasing flood resiliency, sediment transport, fish passage, and opportunity for recreation.) 

Project Partners:

City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, Colorado Water Conservation Board, South Platte Basin Roundtable, Metro Basin Roundtable

Project Years:

The dam was deconstructed in 2013. Click through the images to see the dam removal progress.

  • Photo Credits: Alex Hayes, Karen Wogsland, Katie Leigh Layton, Zach Smith