The McCormick Ditch serves the Town of Crested Butte and the Verzuh Ranch with municipal parks and agricultural irrigation water drawn from Coal Creek.
In 2013, CCWC partnered with High Country Conservation Advocates and the Town of Crested Butte to initiate a project to improve and restore the McCormick Ditch on Coal Creek within the town limits of Crested Butte.
Crane Associates designed a new diversion structure made of rocks that would allow some water to bypass the headgate.
Funding was provided by CCWC, the UGRWCD, and the Gunnison Basin Roundtable.
Lacy Construction donated some machinery and the rocks were purchased from United Companies.
The McCormick Ditch Restoration Project can be described as a monumental success for CCWC, HCCA, the community of Crested Butte, and the environmental integrity of Coal Creek.
This project achieved:
The final cost of the project came in well under budget by approximately $48,000.00; the final cost of the project was $15,648.33 compared to the original estimate of $63,841.00.
Coal Creek Watershed Coalition
PO Box 925
Crested Butte, CO 81224
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