Born out of the Conejos River Stream Management Plan (SMP), the Conejos River Partnership Project has brought together the Conejos Water Conservancy District, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Division of Water Resources, ditch companies, and private landowners to address challenges facing the Conejos River between Mogote and its confluence with the Rio Grande. This multi-phased project will meet agricultural, environmental, and water administration needs on Conejos through the rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure, enhancement of aquatic habitat, and restoration of riparian and wetland habitats. When complete, the project will help ensure the Conejos River continues to support diverse human, agricultural, and ecological communities.
The CRPP is a multi-phase effort to update irrigation infrastructure for improved diversion efficiency, river function, aquatic habitat connectivity, and riparian area health. Phase I includes the sites shown on the project map and listed below.
Project partners were excited to receive grant funding through the Colorado RESTORE program in May 2020 to support Phase I of the CRPP. Add
Needs Identified: diversions and headgates in poor condition, trash/debris build-up, high maintenance, and inefficient infrastructure.
Needs Identified: Diversion dam and headgate in poor condition, diversion creates fish barrier, streambank instability upstream.
Needs Identified: Diversion dam and headgate in poor condition, diversion creates fish barrier, trash/debris build-up, streambank instability.
Needs identified: Diversion dam and headgate in poor condition, diversion creates fish barrier, streambank instability upstream.