Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project

News and Events 



  • October 6, 2017: Join us at the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte from 7-9 for a community feedback night for the Del Norte Riverfront Project!
  • October 27, 2017: Rio Reels Film Festival! Come to ASU's McDaniel Hall at 6:00pm for a fun night celebrating rivers and the joy they bring to our lives. 
  • The Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment is underway! For more information, click here.

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.

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

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.