Trout Unlimited, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Buckhorn Valley Metropolitan District No. 1 (District) completed their ambitious restoration project on Abrams Creek to preserve a rare population of cutthroat trout threatened in part by reduced flows during irrigation season.
Among other benefits, increased flows are expected to:
Increase physical/wetted habitat and riparian cover along approximately 3.5 miles of stream.
Improve in-stream habitat connectivity and quality, allowing trout to more easily move to the best habitat and holding areas.
Enhance sediment transport, which helps keep river cobble and spawning habitat clean and healthy.
Increase aquatic insect productivity, improving cutthroat food resources.
Create deeper pools for trout refuge.
Maintain cooler water temperatures in lower Abrams.
Moreover, a permanent fish screen will be installed at the point of diversion on Abrams Creek that will help protect the trout population by reducing losses due to entrainment in the ditch.