In 2015, HCCA joined forces with Western Resource Advocates to defend a contested instream flow appropriation for Schaefer Creek in Water Division 4. We were able to provide enough data supporting the proposal that opponents of the appropriation withdrew. On May 11th, Judge J. Steven Patrick accepted a decree approving an instream flow protection for Schaefer Creek. Schaefer Creek will now be permanently protected with winter a flow of 1.7 cfs, a spring flow of 4.6 cfs, and a fall flow of 2.9 cfs. We can now celebrate permanent protection for one of our local streams.