1. Maintain and build on the coalition of community partners engaged in stream management planning through frequent and robust stakeholder engagement throughout the project.
2. Summarize and obtain information regarding the biological, hydrological, and geomorphological condition of identified stream reaches in the Rio Grande watershed.
3. Define and prioritize environmental, recreational, and community values.
4. Develop goals to improve flows and physical conditions needed to support values.
5. Outline actions to achieve measurable progress toward maintaining or improving goals.
6. Identify opportunities and constraints for implementation of projects, and additional data needed to inform project development.
Project Contact: Daniel Boyes
623 Fourth St
Alamosa, CO 81101
The Colorado Water Plan set the goal of developing Stream Management Plans (SMPs) for 80% of locally prioritized rivers in Colorado. SMPs are intended to utilize biological, hydrological, geomorphological, and other data to assess stream flows and other conditions necessary to support the environmental, agricultural, and recreational values of the community.
We are thrilled to have received funding to complete these SMPs in collaboration with our Technical Advisory Team (TAT) and many other local water user groups and agencies. The Rio Grande Basin Roundtable’s SMP Committee prioritized the following project reaches in the Rio Grande Basin, which can be seen on the map above: 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. SMPs will be developed for each of these prioritized reaches. The TAT, made up of partners from water user groups, local environmental and recreation interests, and state and federal agencies, will help guide the SMP process.
The Stream Management Plans would not be possible without funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the San Luis Valley Conservation and Connection Initiative, American Whitewater, the San Luis Valley Conservancy District, and significant in-kind contributions from our partners, listed below.
Daniel has been hard at work gathering previously collected data and talking with landowners to identify project sites. 25 sites have been selected: 10 along the Rio Grande, 10 along the Conejos River, and 5 along Saguache Creek. All field visits for the vegetation assessment are complete, with plant identification happening currently back in the lab. Macroinvertebrate and water quality sampling are underway, and the geomorphology assessment will be starting soon.
Stream Management Plans
Rio Grande Water Users
Conejos Water Users
San Luis Valley Irrigation District
Rio Grande Basin Roundtable
Wetland Dynamics, LLC
Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
Costilla Water Conservancy
Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
Colorado Water Conservation Board
San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District
Conejos Water Conservancy District
Rio Grande Water Conservation District
United States Forest Service
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Division of Water Resources
Saguache Creek Water Users Group
Stream Management Plans