San Miguel River – CCC Ditch


Colorado Water Trust became a partner in a decade-long project to support an important stretch of the river, below the CCC Ditch diversion dam, which would historically go dry when the flow of the river dropped below 150 CFS.

San Miguel River - CCC Ditch
San Miguel River - CCC Ditch
San Miguel River - CCC Ditch
San Miguel River - CCC Ditch


Permanent Projects

In 2011, Colorado Water Trust worked with various partners to install a fish ladder and low flow channel on the diversion dam. This allows the stream to remain flowing, even in dry periods, supporting fish and overall river health.


CCC Ditch, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Southwestern Water Conservation District, Colorado Water Conservation Board, The Telluride Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, San Miguel Watershed Coalition


Linear feet of the San Miguel River have been restored by this collaborative project, improving river connectivity, fish migration and sediment transport


Implemented in 2011, this project permanently restores water to the San Miguel River