The Rio Grande through the City of Alamosa faces many conservation challenges impacting the local community, fish and wildlife, and river health. These challenges include a lack of community access to the river, aging and hazardous agricultural diversion infrastructure, flood risks and lack of drought resilience. The RGHRP and its partners, the City and County of Alamosa, San Luis Valley Great Outdoors, the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, and the Rio Grande Farm Park are engaging with community stakeholders to develop and implement holistic solutions for the Rio Grande corridor. The impetus for this project stemmed from several community engagement and planning efforts, such as the Alamosa Comprehensive Plan and Rio Grande Stream Management Plan.
When complete, the community of Alamosa will be connected to a healthier and more resilient Rio Grande. Community members will have safe access to river-based recreation opportunities, while agricultural water users will be able to efficiently access their water rights.
The project is currently in the planning phase, supported by Colorado State University Salazar Center’s Peregrine Accelerator Program, Trinchera Blanca Foundation, City of Alamosa, Colorado Health Foundation, and Colorado Water Conservation Board. In February 2024, project partners hired River Restoration and JUB Engineering to work with the community through the planning and design process. We will be seeking input from the community throughout the spring and summer 2024 through a series of meetings and events.