Current Projects

​News and Events 

Watch this video to learn about the RGHRP and our work!

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. 

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.

Vision Statement


  1. Mark your calendars! Our annual fundraiser, the Runoff Runoff, will be on June 9, 2018! Those interested in running or volunteering can sign up through our website.
  2. The Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment is nearly complete!
  3. We were awarded a CWCB Colorado Watershed Restoration Program Grant to complete Stream Management Plans on the Rio Grande, Conejos River, and Saguache Creek! Work on this project has begun!
  4. We've made great progress on the 5 ditches project. The Centennial Ditch and Rio Grande no. 2 are now complete. The Consolidated Ditch and Pace Ditch are nearly finished, and construction starts next fall on the SLV Canal.
  5. The San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference is taking place May 2-4 in Creede, CO at Ruth Humphrey's Brown Theater.
  6. Del Norte Trails Showcase will be held from June 10-12 in Del Norte.  
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.