This project is phase 5 of the Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Restoration Program. It will address issues including heavy erosion, degraded riparian vegetation, sedimentation, and a shallow channel shape along sections of the Rio Grande in Alamosa County. These problems will be mitigated through bank stabilization, channel shaping, and revegetation.
The Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) Wet Meadows Restoration Project is focused on improving the ecological health and function of high elevation meadows across the RGNF. This project is partnership between the RGNF, RGHRP, and local stakeholders combining low tech restoration and the restoration potential of beavers to address impacts to aquatic species and riparian areas across the headwaters.
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, thereby reducing sediment load to the river, improving riparian and aquatic habitat, reconnecting the river to its floodplain, and revitalizing riparian wetlands.
The 2021 Rio Grande Diversion Infrastructure, Recreation, and Habitat Improvement Project is a multi-purpose project to improve the function and reduce maintenance needs for irrigation diversion structures, improve stream function, and enhance boat passage at four ditch sites: the Anaconda, Independent #2, Ehrowitz, and Billings ditches. Project activities include replacement of each ditch’s diversion structure with new structures that include fish and boat passage while also allowing the ditch’s water users to divert their full water right at all flows.
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 Rio Grande Canal Recreation Improvement Project aims to mitigate recreational hazards associated with floating the Rio Grande near the Rio Grande Canal, an area actively used by a variety of recreational boaters and anglers. The Canal's low-head dam creates a 10-ft hydraulic jump that poses significant risks to boaters. This project will improve public safety and enhance recreational opportunities along this important reach of the Rio Grande by installing safety signage and constructing a watercraft portage. This portage solution will also maintain the important fish barrier formed by the Canal, thereby supporting the Gold Medal fishery upstream. Finally, by providing safe passage around the Canal, the Project will allow boaters to utilize the recently completed amenities located approximately 1 mile downstream at the Del Norte Riverfront Park.