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New Location

The District has moved to a new office located at 8805 Independence Way Alamosa, CO 81101. Click here for a map of our new location.

Board of Directors Special Meeting

NOTICE is hereby given that a proposed Supplemental 2017 budget has been submitted to the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.

That a copy of such proposed supplemental budget is filed in the office of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District located at 8805 Independence Way, Alamosa, CO 81101, where same is open for public inspection.  That such proposed supplemental budget will be considered at a meeting of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District Board of Directors at the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, 8805 Independence Way, Alamosa, CO, 81101 on August 30, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Any interested elector within said Rio Grande Water Conservation District may inspect the proposed supplemental budget and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the supplemental budget.

Subdistrict No. 4 (San Luis Creek) Formation

The District's request for formation of Special Improvement District No. 4 (Subdistrict No. 4-San Luis Creek Response Area) was approved by Judge Patti Swift and the order creating the Subdistrict was signed on July 21, 2017.  The District is now requesting letters of interest from Subdistrict No. 4 landowners who are interested in serving on the initial Board of Managers.  Letters are being mailed to all Subdistrict No. 4 landowners to further define the qualifications to serve on the Board of Managers.  Qualifications to serve may also be viewed here.  If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Board of Managers for Subdistrict No. 4, please submit a letter of interest, which clearly describes your qualifications, to the RGWCD Board of Directors c/o Cleave Simpson, 8805 Independence Way, Alamosa, CO 81101.  You may also e-mail your letter to or fax it to 719-992-2026. Letters of interest must be submitted to the District by August 31, 2017.

Subdistrict No. 1 Amended Plan of Water Management

The Board of Managers for Subdistrict No. 1 have finished their work on drafting revisions to the Plan of Water Management and Appendices.  The revision have been completed in two parts; the first part addresses improving the efficiency of administering the Plan and the second part addresses changes to the budget based variable fee structure.  The revisions can be viewed by following the links below.  The District Board approved the changes on June 28th.  Please check the website periodically for notices regarding the process for revising the Plan of Water Management.

Administration Revisions

Budget Based Variable Fee Structure

Subdistrict No. 1 2016 Annual Report

The Subdistrict No. 1 Annual Report has been finalized and submitted.  You can view the report here and the appendices here.

Determining if a Well is an Exempt Well

The Division of Water Resources has provided us with a guide to help determine if a well is exempt or not.  The permit or decree for the well is what needs to be checked against these criteria, as sometimes a well is being used in an exempt manner, but is permitted for non-exempt use.  Click here for DWR's flowchart. 

Subdistrict #1 CREP Signup

Rio Grande CREP signup is ongoing.  Please look for the CREP option under the Subdistrict #1 tab to find current Subdistrict signup incentives offered for CREP contracts.

Groundwater Rules

State Engineer's Statement of Basis and Purpose for Rules Governing the Withdrawal of Groundwater in Water Division No. 3.

The Colorado Division of Water Resources filed their final Rules Governing the Withdrawal of Groundwater in Water Division No. 3.

Final Response Functions

The Colorado Division of Water Resources has released the final response functions for the various response areas.  Click on the Subdistrict tabs above to find the links to the summaries.

Rio Grande Natural Area

To view the Bureau of Land Managements Rio Grande Natural Area website click here.

The final draft of the Voluntary Management Plan for Private Lands is available by clicking here.

Rio Grande Basin Implementation Plan

The draft Basin Plan has been completed and sent to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. To view the draft plan click here.

CDWR Presentation Rio Grande Water Conservation District Board of Managers Meeting

The Colorado Division of Water Resources subdistrict work group session presentation is available for download. (You will need Powerpoint or Powerpoint Viewer to view this file). 

Update on 2012 Annual Replacement Plan

Click here to read the Division III Water Court decisions on cases 06CV64 and 07CW52.

Click here to read the Colorado Supreme Court opinion.

Verification Testing and Installation of Totalizing Flow Meters on Can Pumps or Pivots 

Subdistrict #1 is requesting a verification test for totalizing flow meters installed on can pumps or center pivots utilizing surface water. If a meter is installed on water being pumped by a can pump from a reservoir or ditch system; please advise your tester to use the attached form by clicking here.  If the meter is installed on a pivot to measure both surface water and groundwater together please contact the Division of Water Resources to insure compliance.  Click here to read the letter submitted to all local well testers and  click here for a list of certified well testers

Upcoming Events
  • Subdistrict No. 6 (Alamosa-La Jara) the deadline to return signed petitions was February 28th, 2017.  Please contact the District immediately if you have not returned your signed petitions.
  • Board of Directors Special Meeting Wednesday August 30th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  Click here for the agenda.
Unconfined Aquifer Storage Study

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Subdistrict #1

Subdistrict # 2

Subdistrict #3

Alamosa-La Jara


San Luis Creek