Category: Irrigation Infrastructure
Organization: Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation
Phase II: McDonald Ditch Implementation Project and Supplemental Funding
Date Approved: September 2013
Basin Funds: $42,000
State Funds: $684,000
Phase 2 of the Plaza Project improved the diversion efficiency and reduced maintenance of the McDonald Ditch diversion, at the County Road 5N bridge. The project constructed a new concrete headgate and boat-passable diversion, complete with a fish ladder. 2,000 linear feet of streambanks were stabilized to reduce sedimentation and improve aquatic and riparian habitat. Two acres of wetland were also reclaimed.
Phase III: Prairie Ditch Implementation Project
Date Approved: March 2013
Basin Funds: $21,500
State Funds: $408,500
Phase III of the Plaza Project improved the diversion efficiency and reduced maintenance of the Prairie Ditch, just downstream of the County Road 5N bridge. The push-up dam was replaced with a grouted rock, fish- and boat-passable structure, while the old headgate was replaced with a new concrete headgate and trash rack. 1,000 feet of streambank were also stabilized.