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Willow Creek Restoration Project

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5888268 km2
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Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Cities
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Partners: Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Colorado Water Trust
Countries: United States of America
Regions: Colorado River
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2015  »  Ongoing
Project Website: www.b-e-f.org/project-portfolio/willow-creek
Project Source: Other
Profile Completion: 69%

Project Overview

The Willow Creek project represents the very first use of a new Colorado law that allows water rights holders to enter into a long-term water conservation program and use their water to benefit rivers during times of critical low flow—without risk of losing valuable water rights. With funding provided by BEF’s Water Restoration Program, The Colorado Water Trust worked closely with ranchers to develop and implement an approved water conservation program that will restore...

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The Willow Creek project represents the very first use of a new Colorado law that allows water rights holders to enter into a long-term water conservation program and use their water to benefit rivers during times of critical low flow—without risk of losing valuable water rights. With funding provided by BEF’s Water Restoration Program, The Colorado Water Trust worked closely with ranchers to develop and implement an approved water conservation program that will restore flow to Willow Creek during dry years when the creek is in need. This first-of-its-kind Colorado project is on track to replenish flows during years when the creek is in danger of being dewatered.

Project Results

The project can restore over 150 million gallons per year to benefit both Willow Creek and up to a 4-mile section of the upper Colorado River.

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