Project Active

2011 – Present

Boulder Creek and the Blue River – Peabody No. 1 Ditch

The Colorado Water Trust’s first permanent acquisition of water rights to benefit streamflow near Silverthorne, Colorado.


Through 2022, the Peabody No. 1 Ditch Project has restored over

billion gallons


of water to Boulder Creek and the Blue River.

How Did This Project Come to Us?:

Ranchers, Jeannette and Howard Moser, were introduced to Colorado Water Trust through a local water commissioner, Scott Hummer, as they began planning to scale back their operations and wanted to find a way to ensure their water rights would help keep their local river protected.

Tools Used:

Permanent Water Acquisition (Colorado Water Trust’s first permanent project changed two water rights for instream flow use, bolstering flows on fourteen miles of Boulder Creek and the Blue River.)

Project Partners:

Colorado Water Conservation Board, Jeannette and Howard Moser

Project Years:

Water was first restored to this river in 2011, and since it was a permanent acquisition it has continued to restore flows ever since that date.

  • Cover Photo: Colorado Water Trust Staff

Click here for a beautiful photo story of our Blue River/Boulder Creek project

Use the flow dashboard below to learn about the operations of the Peabody No. 1 Ditch project, and just how much water has been restored to Boulder Creek and the Blue River over the project’s lifetime. Just click or hover over the graphs below to learn more!

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