The Rio Grande Headwaters Task Force was formed to prioritize the recommendations from the 2001 Study and undertake a number of collaborative projects. The San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District (SLVWCD) became the lead agency for the RGHRP. Money was secured from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 319 fund, the SLVWCD and the Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) and other sources. These funds were used for an education and outreach program, riparian and stream bank stabilization, debris removal from the river channel, and a county development design standard for possible use in the Rio Grande County land use codes. It was clear that more work was needed to be done and a strategic approach was necessary to maintain momentum.
Colorado Rio Grade Restoration Foundation:
In order to move forward the Task Force and the SLVWCD Board determined that a nonprofit foundation should be formed to seek funding from a broader population. The Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation (Foundation) was established in 2004.
The Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation was formed as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation, with the State of
Foundation Board of Directors :
Steve Russell – President
Mike Gibson – Secretary / Treasurer
Doug Messick – Board Member
Cathy Morin- Board Member
Greg Higel – Board Member