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Rio Grande Basin Roundtable

Upcoming Basin Roundtable Meeting:

March 12, 2024

12:30 pm

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The Rio Grande Basin encompasses approximately 8,000 square miles, including the San Luis Valley. This high mountain valley extends approximately 90 miles from north to south and 50 miles from east to west. Water in the Rio Grande Basin is currently over appropriated (and has been since the 1890s). All of the waters of the Rio Grande and Conejos River and their tributaries are subject to the terms of the Rio Grande Compact. The Valley’s groundwater resources have been over drafted and the areas face depleted groundwater levels throughout much of the basin. By 2050, a total shortfall of 180,000 acre feet (AF) is expected, of which 160,000 AF is the agricultural groundwater shortage to be addressed by pending SEO rules and regulations and fallowing land via the Groundwater Sub-district.

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 Priorities

  • Achieve sustainable aquifers through better management and reduction of groundwater pumping
  • Explore augmentation for growth in South Fork and other areas
  • Regulate compact deliveries to minimize curtailment
  • Ensure adequate water for future needs
    • M&I
    • Agricultural
    • Environmental
    • Recreational
    • Augmentation for growth

Organization 

Meetings Monthly on the 2nd Tuesday in Alamosa
The Executive Committee meets at 1p.m. prior to the meeting.
Leadership

Chair: Heather Dutton

Vice-Chair: Kevin Terry

IBCC Representatives: Kevin Terry 

Recorder: Nikita Cooper

Roundtable Governance

There are currently 31 voting members of the Rio Grande BRT

Member List

Basin By-laws

Recent Roundtable Meetings 

Meeting  Date

Meeting Materials

January 2024Minutes
October 2023Minutes
September 2023Minutes
August 2023Minutes

Contact the Rio Grande BRT

Colorado Water Conservation Board
1313 Sherman Street, Room 721
Denver, CO 80203 

Chairperson and WSRF Contact: Heather Dutton