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.

Live, work, or play in the San Luis Valley? Give us your input on how these streams could be better managed or improved!

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

Current Status

Beginning in Summer 2018, the Stream Management Plan technical advisory team began meeting to discuss the project. Meetings covered topics ranging from reviews of existing information, data gaps, and guidance for the SMP conditions assessment. Click the links below to access meeting minutes, presentations, and other resources.

Objectives

Project Partners

Project Overview

Technical Advisory Team Meeting Notes, Presentations, and more!

Stream Management Plans

Daniel has been hard at work gathering previously collected data and working with landowners and consultants to assess the current condition and function of the Rio Grande, Conejos River, and Saguache Creek.  The vegetation and water quality assessments are complete and we'll be holding community meetings to review the results from those assessments soon. The hydrology assessments will be completed by August 2019 and the geomorphology assessment shortly after. 

Stream Management Plans

We recently held a series of SMP community meetings to better understand community values surrounding each of these streams. You can access the presentation from each meeting below:

  • Saguache Creek SMP - June 11, 2019 in Saguache.

 

  • Conejos River SMP - June 12, 2019 in Manassa.


  • Rio Grande #1: June 17, 2019 in Alamosa. 
  • Rio Grande #2: June 18, 2019 in South Fork.


If you were not able to attend one of these meetings but want to provide input in the Stream Management Planning process, please contact Daniel Boyes at daniel@riograndeheadwaters.org.

Stakeholder Surveys

Community Meetings

Rio Grande Water Users
Conejos Water Users
San Luis Valley Irrigation District
Trout Unlimited
American Whitewater
Headwaters Alliance
Rio Grande Basin Roundtable
Wetland Dynamics, LLC
Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust
Alamosa Riverkeepers
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
Costilla Water Conservancy

To learn more or to be added to the SMP contact list, please email daniel@riograndeheadwaters.org

Project Contact: Daniel Boyes

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.