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|City & Country|
|Countries:||United States of America|
|Regions:||Bravo, California, Colorado River, Columbia River, Mississippi River, Sacramento River - San Joaquin River|
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Includes tags from the project and its locations.
Irrigation Management and Technology
|Progress to Date:||0 To be determined in future phases of project.|
Communications & outreach
Monitoring & evaluation
Stakeholder engagement & facilitation
NGO / Civil Society
|Start & End Dates:||Jul. 2018 » Ongoing|
|Contextual Condition(s):||PHYSICAL: Water scarcity or drought, PHYSICAL: Ecosystem vulnerability or degradation, PHYSICAL: Inadequate infrastructure|
|Additional Benefits:||Heightened agreement on priority basin water challenges, Long-term partnership(s) created, Raised awareness of challenges among water users, Raised awareness of challenges among local authorities|
|Beneficiaries:||Ecosystems, Agricultural growers, Other utilities, Environmental users (e.g., fishers, recreational users), Local communities / domestic users|
|Planning & Implementation Time:||More than 3 years|
The Yampa River in northwestern Colorado is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Colorado River Basin; providing irrigation water for agriculture, critical habitat for endangered fish, and immense riparian and recreational benefit in the region. During the summer, however, the Yampa is impacted by late-season low flows coupled with inefficient diversions for irrigation. The Maybell Ditch is a broken and antiquated irrigation diversion in need of restoration to remedy i…
The Yampa River in northwestern Colorado is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Colorado River Basin; providing irrigation water for agriculture, critical habitat for endangered fish, and immense riparian and recreational benefit in the region. During the summer, however, the Yampa is impacted by late-season low flows coupled with inefficient diversions for irrigation. The Maybell Ditch is a broken and antiquated irrigation diversion in need of restoration to remedy inefficiencies and reduce impacts to fisheries and recreation.
Constructing and modernizing irrigation infrastructure at the Maybell diversion will allow more flexibility in management through telemetered remote access to more easily control flows and meet irrigators' needs. Maybell Irrigation District, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Yampa, American Rivers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and others will work together to seek public and private funding to support construction of the project by 2025.
Once completed, the project will help increase irrigation efficiency while meeting local and regional environmental and recreational needs. In particular, the project is anticipated to improve recreational passage for boaters and improve stream flows for four endangered fish species. The project will also benefit agricultural producers through easier and more precise operation of the headgate and efficiency improvements. Furthermore, the project was identified as a priority through regional planning efforts involving multiple stakeholders and regulatory agencies.
|Basin and/or Contextual Conditions:||PHYSICAL: Water scarcity or drought, PHYSICAL: Ecosystem vulnerability or degradation, PHYSICAL: Inadequate infrastructure|
|Project Benefits:||Heightened agreement on priority basin water challenges, Long-term partnership(s) created, Raised awareness of challenges among water users, Raised awareness of challenges among local authorities|
|Indirect or Direct Beneficiaries:||Ecosystems, Agricultural growers, Other utilities, Environmental users (e.g., fishers, recreational users), Local communities / domestic users|
|Months & Implementing:||More than 3 years|
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