Water levels of the unconfined aquifer within Special Improvement District No. 1 (Subdistrict No. 1) were rapidly declining in the early 2000's and groundwater withdrawals were exceeding the total amount of recharge from natural sources and from diversions of the Rio Grande. This decline in the water table is a direct result of a prolonged drought and increased groundwater consumption. The decline in the water table will only worsen unless the total consumption of groundwater is reduced.
Subdistrict No. 1 was recognized as a legal entity in 2006 and formed in order to take action to help restore a balance between available water supplies and current levels of water use, so that the San Luis Valley can continue to remain a sustainable agricultural community.Click here to view the Response Area Summary.
The State Engineer has issued approval for the Amended Plan of Water Management. This approval covers the administrative revisions described below. In the coming weeks the Board will hold a meeting to vote on implementing the Amended Plan of Water Management. Notice for this meeting will be posted on this site when the date is set.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 revisions 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 2017. Please check the website periodically for notices regarding the process for revising the Plan of Water Management.