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Rio Grande River Basin Watershed Groups
Alamosa River Watershed Restoration Foundation, Inc.
The Alamosa River Watershed Restoration Foundation, Inc (ARWRF) is non-profit group made up of landowners and other stakeholders which was established in 2000 for the purpose of restoring the Alamosa River downstream from Terrace Reservoir to a more natural functioning stream. The ARWRF is currently sponsoring restoration work on the remaining 2.8 mile segment of a total of 5 miles of the Alamosa River under restoration since 2004. Project funding comes from an NPS 319 Grant with local in-kind match from landowners (in construction, fall of 2012) and from NRD funding from the Summitville Mine settlement.
Rodger Gallegos, P.O. Box 502, La Jara, CO 81140, PH: 719-274-5202
The Alamosa Riverkeeper strives for a clean and functional river system which benefits the economic, ecological and recreational needs of the community. The Riverkeeper works to increase in-stream flows, improving the fisheries and recreational potential of the Alamosa.
Cindy Medina, P.O. Box 223, Caplin, CO 81124, PH: 719-274-4298
Kerber Creek Restoration Project
The Kerber Creek Watershed is on the Section 303(d) list of impaired waters. Impairment is primarily due to heavy metal toxicity leaching from streamside mine tailings, and many sections of the stream have little riparian vegetation present. The land owners are partners in this project and have formed the Bonanza Stakeholders Group. Projects are expected to begin in 2008 and end 2012. Thus far, over 70 acres of streamside tailings have been remediated, over 10,000 volunteer hours have been donated, and over $1.4 million has been raised.
Coordinator, San Luis Valley Public Lands Center, P.O. Box 67, Saguache, CO 81149, PH: 719-655-6107
Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust
The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust is the local land trust of the San Luis Valley. Our mission is to conserve our land, water and way of life in Colorado's San Luis Valley. The Land Trust works to conserve strategic and critical private land in the Valley, including a special program, the Rio Grande Initiative, to conserve 25,000 acres along the Rio Grande river corridor.
Nancy Butler, P.O. Box 444, Del Norte, CO 81132, PH: 719-657-0800
Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project (RGHRP) was formed to implement the recommendations of a study completed in 2001. The 2001 Study, prompted by local stakeholders, analyzed the condition of a 91-mile reach of the Rio Grande and provided recommendations for improvement. The RGHRP administers projects through 3 Programs: the steambank stabilization and riparian restoration program, the diversion and headgate repair and replacement program, and the outreach and education program. The projects are completed through collaboration with local, state, and federal entities and have yielded improved water quality, reduced streambank erosion, increased sediment transport capacity, increased quality of riparian areas and habitat, proper functioning floodplains, and increased diversion efficiency.
Heather Dutton, 623 Fourth St., Alamosa, CO 81101, PH: 719-589-2230
San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council
The mission of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC) is to protect and restore, through research, education, and advocacy, the biological diversity, ecosystems, and natural resources of the Upper Rio Grande bioregion, balancing ecological values and human needs.
Christine Canaly, P.O. Box 223, Alamosa, CO 81101, PH: 719-589-1518
San Luis Valley Wetlands Focus Area Committee
The Wetlands Committee serves as a forum for federal and state agencies, local and regional districts, non-profit conservation groups and interested citizens working collaboratively to protect and restore wetlands in the San Luis Valley. This group also serves as the non-consumptive needs committee for the Rio Grande Basin Round Table.
Peter Clark Rio de la Vista, P.O. Box 777, Monte Vista, CO 81144, PH: 719-850-2255
Willow Creek Reclamation Committee
Our mission is to improve water quality and habitat, reducing flood risks, reclaim areas impacted by mining, and preserve historic structures in the Willow Creek watershed in ways that are practical, cost effective, and beneficial to the economic sustainability of the Creede community. We are currently working on a watershed plan and a large project involving remediation at the confluence with the Rio Grande River.
Guinevere Nelson, P.O. Box 518, Creede, CO 81130, PH: 719-658-0178