Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment

The Assessment is officially complete! Check out this study of the Rio Grande headwaters and its findings below.

Past and Current Project Sites


See what we're up to! Check out our current projects page. We've been busy with the 5 Ditches Project and Stream Management Plans for the mainstems of the Rio Grande, Conejos, and Saguache Creek! We are also continuing work on the Del Norte Riverfront Project and starting to plan Phase 5 of our Streambank Stabilization Program. 

June 1, 2019

Save the date! The Runoff Runoff marathon, half marathon, and 6K are back for another year of summer fun. Regular registration is open until May 24!

Our Mission:

To restore and conserve the historical functions and vitality of the Rio Grande in Colorado for improved water quality, agricultural water use, riparian health, wildlife and aquatic species habitat, recreation and community safety while meeting the Rio Grande Compact.

Stream Management Plans

WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you live, work, or play in the San Luis Valley, give us your input on how our streams can be improved by filling out one or all of the surveys below.

Vision Statement



Current Projects

​News and Events 

Runoff Runoff

The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project is working to improve the function of the Rio Grande in Colorado. This means the river will:
  • Provide high-quality water throughout the Rio Grande in Colorado;
  • Sustain sufficient flow for sediment transport, native riparian vegetation, aquatic and wildlife habitats - all while meeting the Rio Grande Compact obligations; 
  • Support the existing agricultural lifestyle;
  • Contribute to groundwater recharge; 
  • Enhance and sustain aesthetic and recreational values for the residents and visitors to the watershed;
  • Be connected to the floodplain, oxbows, and upland habitat.