Project Description

Short Ditch

Irrigation Diversion

Short Ditch Construction

Cost: $50,000


Sustainable Irrigation

The design and reconstruction of a sustainable irrigation diversion to limit flows to the decreed amount, leaving more flow in the river for other users and improving aquatic habitat.


Short Ditch Company

Short Ditch Before Construction

Before construction of the diversion, the ditch company would bulldoze the river each year to divert enough flow from the river.



Short Ditch Diversion Structure

After construction, the river is diverted by a cemented rock weir and a new head gate to allow for flow adjustment.



“Jeff came on board to provide technical assistance and oversight of a riverbank stabilization project. Even though this project was being completed with federal funding, he said, “It’s simple.” and with him on board, the project was in fact simple. He had a clear vision from start to finish that he helped the contractor to successfully execute in less than one month. If you want someone who will get the job done and make sure that it’s done right the first time, I recommend Crane Associates without hesitation.”

Alyssa Shomion, Agriculture Disaster Recovery Grants Program Grant Technician, Colorado Department of Local Affairs