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Subdistrict No. 1 Conservation Programs

Welcome to the Subdistrict No. 1 Conservation Practices Home Page!

Subdistrict No. 1 was formed to take action and help to reduce the amount of land being irrigated with groundwater, to encourage the recharge of surface water diverted into Subdistrict No. 1, to restore groundwater levels in the aquifer within the Subdistrict No. 1 boundaries and to prevent land erosion.

Subdistrict No. 1 has collaborated with numerous conservation groups, agricultural groups, local, state, and federal agencies, and landowners to develop a set of strategies to implement voluntary incentive based programs to reduce irrigation water use and restore the critical balance between supply and demand.


The following conservation programs are available to Subdistrict No. 1 constituents.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Please Click Here for More Information on CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program)


2024 Subdistrict No. 1 Well Purchase Program: Now Open for Offers

This program is for applicants that have wells within Subdistrict #1 Response Area that would offer a bid to the Subdistrict to permanently retire pumping

  • Permits would transfer to Rio Grande Water Conservation District and a dry-up covenant will be recorded to the county for the parcel and land that the bid pertains to

This program looks at the average of the last ten (10) years of pumping excluding any years that the well/wells were in an approved conservation program

  • It will then take the bid offer divided by the 10-year average of pumping to find a price per AF (price/AF).
  • Once a price/AF is calculated, additionally the potential acreage that the well is legally able to irrigate multiplied by two (2) will be subtracted from the initial price/AF
  • This will then give your final ranked number which will be sorted amongst the other bids

Example of Ranking:


10-year Avg. Pumping:200 af/yr200 af/yr200 af/yr
Total Bid Price:$500,000$500,000$400,000
 Acres: 160 Potential Acres124 Potential Acres160 Potential Acres
Base: 2500 ($/af)2500 ($/af)2000 ($/af)
2 x Potential acres320480320
Total Rank Number218020201680
2024 Well Purchase Program Revised Resolution


Click Here  to access a 2024 Well Purchase Program Offer to Sell Application
Offer to Sell Applications Due by March 15, 2024 @ 3:00 PM
Thank you for your interest in water conservation!
If you have questions contact at Taylor Chick at or 719-589-6301.