The Smith Fork Project, operated by the Crawford Water Conservancy District (CWCD), is located in west-central Colorado approximately 30 miles southeast of Delta, Colorado and provides supplemental irrigation water supplies for approximately 8,200 acres and full water supplies for 1,423 acres in Delta and Montrose Counties. The CWCD has operated Reclamation’s Smith Fork Project since 1964. The Smith Fork Project utilizes flows from the Smith Fork, Iron, Muddy, and Alkali Creeks (Reclamation).
The District operates and maintains two (2) canals:
- Aspen Ditch
- Smith Fork Feeder Canal
The District also supplies project water to six (6) other private canals:
- Clipper Ditch
- Grandview Canal
- Saddle Mountain Ditch
- Virginia Ditch
- Needle Rock Ditch
- Daisy Ditch
Prinicipal livestock production in the area include cow/calf and beef cattle and primary crops grown include alfalfa, grass hay, pasture, barley, oats, wheat, and corn, with limited fruit, wine grapes and related niche crops.
For additional information about the Crawford Project plan, history, authorization, and benefits, please click here – Reclamation, Western CO Area Office Website)
LGP RCPP Projects in the Crawford Water Conservancy District
Aspen Canal and other canal Improvement Projects
Additional project details and specifics coming herein – stay tuned, sorry for delay