Colorado-Big Thompson
Headwaters Partnership

Grand Lake

Grand Lake

The Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) Headwaters Partnership is a collaboration between Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Western Area Power Administration, Colorado State Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service. The goals of the partnership are to;

  • Reduce wildfire risk to protect water supplies
  • Minimize post-wildfire erosion and sedimentation to reservoirs
  • Restore areas that are currently recovering from past wildfires 

The partnership has been in existence since 2012 and has accomplished more than 550 acres of forest treatments with more than 875 acres under contract to complete in the next year or two. Planned treatments for the next 5 years are expected to be more than 3,000 acres. 

Watershed Protection Actions

The C-BT Headwaters Partnership is currently working on implementing the following actions to protect water supplies -

  • Forest/vegetation  treatments to reduce wildfire hazard and increase watershed resilience
  • Location and preliminary design of post-fire sediment basins
  • Protection of power and communications infrastructure
  • Review and evaluation of road hazards
  • Planning to manage wildland fire
  • Create a strong partnership through collaboration with stakeholders

The Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) Project collects water on the West Slope and delivers it through a 13-mile tunnel beneath Rocky Mountain National Park to portions of eight Northeastern Colorado counties. Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation jointly operate and maintain the C-BT Project. The CB-T Project includes portions of the Upper Colorado Headwaters, Big Thompson and Cache La Poudre watersheds covering 654,476 acres.

More Information

Keith Stagg, Northern Water

Pat McCusker, Bureau of Reclamation