Water diversion summit

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Alan Ward, with the Pueblo Board of Water Works, stands at the diversion point for the Ewing Ditch at Tennessee Pass outside Leadville. Built in 1880 to grab water from Piney Creek, which is upstream, the ditch is the oldest diversion of Western Slope water to the Front Range of Colorado. Ward spoke about the ditch during a transbasin diversion tour presented last week by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.


At head gate atop pass, Western Slope, Front Range interests meet

TENNESSEE PASS — A water-measuring flume on a ditch sitting exactly astride this pass outside Leadville might be as good a place as any to bring Western and Eastern Slope interests together to talk about water.
Those interests met in the middle here last week, at this point where the Ewing Ditch crosses the Continental Divide, on a transbasin diversion tour presented by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. It was a chance to consider the past of water development in Colorado while also pondering its future. And where better to look back at the history of transbasin diversions than at Ewing Ditch, the oldest diversion of Western Slope water to the Eastern Slope?

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