2011 – Present
Hermosa Creek – Three Sisters Ditch
This strategic retirement of water rights allows water to remain in Hermosa Creek near Durango, Colorado.
Through 2022, the Three Sisters Ditch Project has restored over
of water have been restored to Hermosa Creek.
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How Did This Project Come to Us?:
A land-swap facilitated by Western Land Group resulted in the Three Sisters Ditch water right being conveyed to Colorado Water Trust in 2010.
Instream Flow Water Acquisition – Permanent (A water right on the creek, historically diverted for irrigation, was strategically retired so the water may remain in the river, supporting four existing instream flow reaches and aiding Colorado Parks and Wildlife and US Forest Service efforts to recover native cutthroat populations in a 13 mile reach of wilderness canyon.)
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Western Land Group, Hermosa Park Properties, United States Forest Service, Tamarron Properties Inc
The water right was strategically retired in 2012. Since that time, the water that used to be diverted flows down Hermosa Creek instead.
- Photo Credit: Colorado Water Trust Staff