|Eastern Mojave Vegetation||Vidler Collection System, Summit County, Colorado.|
See also: Vidler Tunnel.
See also: Horseshoe Basin.
The Vidler collection system and diversion tunnel allows Golden to divert water from the Colorado River headwaters to Clear Creek for use at Fossil Trace and for other uses that require “Non-tributary” water. It is a vital part of Golden's water infrastructure. It consists of six collection points with six head gates that feed snowmelt into a pipeline. The pipeline is about 5000 feet long and carries the snowmelt across the Horseshoe basin. At the end of the pipeline is a flume that measures and controls the water before feeding it into the West Portal of a tunnel (Vidler Tunnel). The tunnel extends 1.4 miles through a mountain, under the Continental Divide, and discharges the water into the headwaters of Clear Creek several miles above Georgetown.
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Date and time this article was prepared:4:43:02 PM, 7/24/2021.