Phase 5 is the fifth round of our Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Restoration Program.
The Problem - In Alamosa County, the Rio Grande is suffering from heavily eroding banks, degraded riparian areas, sedimentation, and a shallow channel. Phase 5 of the Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Restoration Program will address these issues on several bends upstream of Alamosa through bank stabilization, channel shaping, and revegetation.
Current Status - The Restoration Project is the recipient of a $200,000 Resilient Communities Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation for Phase 5. Along with grants from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund, San Luis Valley Conservation Connection Initiative, and community donations, we are making good progress towards our funding goal.
Four project sites have been identified for the first round of designs and construction, and are being surveyed by Riverbend Engineering to create a unique solution for each location. Most recently, restoration work was completed at the Alamosa Riparian park.
If you are interested in having streambank restored on your property as part of future rounds, please contact Emma Reesor.
4/30/21 - On April 24th, we held a volunteer planting event at the Alamosa Riparian Park. A total of 44 volunteers helped plant 300 saplings and seed nearly an acre of land along newly restored reaches.
Check out this time-lapse video of a rock barb installation!
Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District
City of Alamosa
Colorado Open Lands
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund
San Luis Valley Health