Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project

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.

  News and Events

  • Thanks to everyone who helped make our annual Rio Grande Water Leaders Course a huge success and congratulations to all the course participants!
  • April 26, 2014: 4th Annual High County Hustle in Creede!
  • ​We received grants from Xcel Energy and New Belgium Brewing that will fund a project partnering with the Southwest Conservation Corps to improve riparian vegetation along the Rio Grande! 
  • We have been involved in the process of creating of the Rio Grande Basin Implementation Plan. Visit for more information
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, and to meet 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.