In 2009, Boulder, Colorado celebrated its 150th birthday or Sesquicentennial. In honor of this event, the Ditch Project brought together artists, historians, scientists, and the general public together to celebrate 150 years of irrigation history and consider how ditches have constructed Boulder's landscape. Now, online and in an upcoming book, the Ditch Project continues to examine Boulder's irrigation ditches over the last 150 years. To learn more, visit the links above.

Open Digging the Old West and discover the roots of our hydrological heritage. Learn the history of our ancestral water use, from ancient canals to skyscraper gardens. Focused on a small region of Colorado's Front Range, this book outlines the development of a semi-arid landscape into an irrigated metropolis. Like a family scrapbook, it is overflowing with photos, doodles, charts, maps, and stories of triumph and disaster.

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The Ditch Project would not be possible without grants from various arts organizations and the support of our generous sponsors. Please be sure to thank these organizations and businesses the next time you see them. Learn more about our sponsors by clicking on their logos:

Boulder Farmers MarketAmerican Society of Mechanical EngineersBoulder Creek Watershed InitiativeAquatic and WetlandBoulder County Arts AllianceGrant Grant and GoiranLeonard Rice EngineersJohnson and RepucciNorthern Colorado Water conservancy DistrictColorado Council on the ArtsDietze and Davis P. C.Open Space and Mountain ParksBoulder Arts CommissionWright Water Engineering


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