News & Initiatives


The Districts will be closing the irrigation supply system and blowing out the pipes for winter, beginning October 18, with an anticipated completion date of October 23. In conjunction with this, the Buckhorn, Hawks Nest and Mountain Gateway systems will be drained and winterized.

Operations personnel will be in backyards throughout the community during these days to access parts of the system.

Annual Irrigation Shutdown and Winterization


12/21/2020: Update on use of open space behind Buckhorn Valley

The land owner of the nearby open areas adjacent to Buckhorn Valley, BV Firewheel, is restricting use to those who have signed a release and waiver to safely use their private land and trails. 
Activities that are allowed include hiking, mountain biking and horse riding (with signed waiver/release).
Activities that are not allowed include hunting, shooting, motorized vehicles and motorized bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorized bicycles, and dirt bikes.
Private areas are marked in red on the map linked below.


Abrams Creek Project


In the spring of 2019, the District completed a very exciting and environmentally conscious project to improve the raw water infrastructure diverting water from Abrams Creek. The project consisted of the installation of approximately four miles of pipeline and a very innovative screening system system at the head gate designed to keep fish in the creek without harm including a rare aboriginal species of Cutthroat Trout native to Colorado. To learn more about the importance of native trout, please see this article from Trout Magazine. The improvements were designed to:

1. Reduce water loss, and improve efficiency

2. Provide cleaner more reliable irrigation

3. Protect the environment / improve sustainability of habitat for local wildlife

The improved pipeline reduced the disruption to the creek thereby contributing to a sustainable habitat for local wildlife. We invite you to view the video prepared by Trout Unlimited showcasing this project from the link at the bottom of this article. This project was also featured in articles from Vail Daily newspaper.

The project was conceived approximately ten years ago when the District began the

coordination of a joint project to improve its water sources and protect local wildlife. In 2019, the $1,200,000 Abrams Creek Project was completed almost entirely through grant funding from local agencies and special interest groups including:

The Town of Gypsum

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Water Conservation Board

Trout Unlimited

For more information, we invite you to watch the following short videos showcasing this project:

Abrams Creek, Rare and Vital Resource

Abrams Creek Project