Vision Statement



Winter Solstice Celebration

3-7pm, December 21, 2018

Join us Friday evening to celebrate the completion of Phase I of the Del Norte Riverfront Project! There will be a ribbon cutting for the boat ramp at 3:30pm, followed by a bonfire, cookies, hot cider and beer.

The event will be at the project site, across the river from North Park. Feel free to leave your car at the park, then cross the Highway 112 bridge to the new riverfront park entrance.

Current Projects

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 finalizing the Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment. 

​News and Events 

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.

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.