The Rio Grande Corridor Restoration Project at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge brings together the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), RGHRP, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), City of Alamosa, and private landowners to address challenges facing the Rio Grande by stabilizing streambanks, restoring riparian areas, and enhancing aquatic habitats. These activities will reduce sediment entering the river, improve riparian and aquatic habitat, while reconnecting the river to its floodplain and revitalizing riparian wetlands.
In September 2022, USFWS staff removed trash along the riverbanks in the project area. This included roughly 24 old cars bodies 200,000 lbs of concrete, 20 appliances, and many trailer loads of tires. In October 2022, Cooley and Sons Excavating mobilized and completed channel and bank shaping, installation of rock and rootwad stabilization and habitat structures, and planting of willows within the project area. Final construction activities and reseeding will take place in Spring 2023.