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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.

Subdistrict No. 2 - Notice of Cancellation of Ballots to Elect Members of the Board

A ballot will not be mailed out to Subdistrict No. 2 Members to elect individuals to fill two expiring seats on the Board of Managers for the Subdistrict.  Requests were mailed out to all members of record asking those individuals to send letters of interest, to fill one of two seats, to the District.  The District only received letters from the two individuals who currently hold the seats.  Therefore, a ballot is not necessary and the District Board of Directors did re-appoint Eric Hinton as the At-Large Seat and Harold Stoeber from Voting District No. 2 to another term on the board.

Subdistrict No. 1

The Board of Managers for Subdistrict No. 1 is implementing a rotational four year fallow program for sign up to begin in September 2017, and a deadline of October 31, 2017.  For more information please come by or call the district office.

Surface Water Credit Carryover for Sale

The following people have surface water credit for sale.

Name Contact Info. Acre-Feet of Credit for Sale
David Bradley 719-849-8565 365.77

Subdistrict No. 3

The Board of Managers for Subdistrict No.3 are in the process of preparing the Plan of Water Management.  The Plan is currently only in draft form and has not yet been finalized or approved.  To view the most current draft of the Plan, please click here.

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.

Subdistrict No. 1 Amended Plan of Water Management

The State Engineer has issued approval for the 2nd Amended Plan of Water Management.  This approval covers the administrative revisions described below.  Click here to view the State Engineer's letter.

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

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.
  • Subdistrict No. 1 Special Meeting Thursday January 18th at 9:00 a.m.
Unconfined Aquifer Storage Study

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