Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project

News and Events 

Check out this video for more information on the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project!


  • Rio Grande Water Leaders Course: The 2017 Course will be March 27-31. To download the application, click here! For more information, head to the Outreach and Education Program page.
  • Colorado Gives Day! Thanks to all who donated to the Restoration Project on Colorado Gives Day! We felt the outpouring of love and support from both our local and extended communities! Cheers to continuing work on the Upper Rio Grande and improving river health. Thank you for making what we do possible! 
  • Check out the final report and other information on the Lower Rio Grande Studyhere!  
  • The Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment has begun! For more information, click here.
Vision Statement: 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.

The Mission of the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project:

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.