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.
- 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
- Augmentation for growth
|Meetings||Monthly on the 2nd Tuesday in Alamosa
The Executive Committee meets at 1p.m. prior to the meeting.
Chair: Nathan Coombs
Vice-Chair: Emma Reesor
IBCC Representatives: Cleave Simpson and Keith Holland
Recorder: Cindy Medina
There are currently 31 voting members of the Rio Grande BRT