The Consolidated Ditch, Pace Ditch, San Luis Valley Canal, Centennial Ditch, and Rio Grande #2 Ditch divert water off the Rio Grande to irrigate a combined 35,906 acres of agricultural land. Each ditch is facing issues of aging and inefficient diversion infrastructure and the river is impacted by nearby channel instability and sedimentation. The project will see the construction of diversion and headgate replacements, as well as streambank stabilization and riparian restoration adjacent to each location.
Park Creek Project
Located in the Divide District of the Rio Grande National Forest, the Park Creek Watershed was identified by the Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment as a priority location for restoration. We partnered with the Forest Service to find solutions to the negative effects of heavy recreational and agricultural usage in the area around Park Creek. To accomplish this goal, natural barriers such as boulders and split rail fences will limit motor vehicle access to damaged areas. A designated OHV-unloading zone and hardening of other high use areas will also prevent further habitat degradation. The end result will be improved water quality and riparian habitat, reduced erosion, and stabilized streambanks and roads.
This project is phase 5 of the Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Restoration Program. It will address issues including heavy erosion, degraded riparian vegetation, sedimentation, and a shallow channel shape along sections of the Rio Grande in Alamosa County. These problems will be mitigated through bank stabilization, channel shaping, and revegetation.
The Rio Grande, Conejos River, and Saguache Creek Stream Management Plan will result in the development of stream management plans (SMPs) for the Rio Grande from Stony Pass to the State Line, Conejos River from Platoro Reservoir to the confluence with the Rio Grande, and Saguache Creek from the USFS Boundary to the Town of Saguache. The creation of the SMPs will include robust community and partner engagement from federal, state, and local entities. The plans will be used to inform multi-objective projects to restore and protect the natural and cultural resources within the Rio Grande watershed.
Mission Statement: The purpose of the Del Norte Riverfront Project is to improve access and opportunities for recreation and the ecological condition of the riparian and wetland areas for fish, wildlife habitat, and water quality on the Rio Grande. Supported by local businesses, the Del Norte Riverfront Project seeks community input to address community needs and improve the local ecology and greater watershed.
The Assessment will provide a comprehensive document of the ecological condition of the mainstem of the Rio Grande and major tributaries from the headwaters to the town of South Fork, identifying causes of concern, and developing a list of prioritized projects that will improve the function of uplands, and riparian and aquatic ecosystems. The Assessment includes an expansive list of Project Partners to provide expertise.