Vision Statement



NOTICE: Del Norte Boat Ramp

The Del Norte boat ramp is now open to foot traffic! (vehicle access not permitted) Construction is set to begin October 2019. 

Current Projects

November 8, 2019 - Rio Reels Film Festival

Join us for the third annual Rio Reels film festival. It will take place at Adams State University's McDaniel Hall, and will include door prizes, silent and live auctions, and more. Tickets - $25  Save the date!

​News and Events 

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. 

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.
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.