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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. 1 Special Meeting for Approval of the Annual Replacement Plan

The Board of Managers for Subdistrict No. 1 will hold a Special Meeting Wednesday April 12th at 5:00 p.m. in the District office.  The meeting is to consider the Annual Replacement Plan.  The DRAFT Annual Replacement Plan and Appendices can be viewed here and the agenda for the meeting can be viewed here.

Notice of Request for Proposal to Drill a Monitoring Well

The District is seeking proposal from qualified well drillers to drill a 375 foot monitoring well in Conejos County.  The well is designed to be dually completed set up for water level monitoring; click here for a detailed diagram of the work needed.  In your response please include your qualifications to drill this type of monitoring well and a cost estimate for drilling the well.  Proposals will be accepted through April 21, 2017, and may be submitted in person or by mail to 8805 Independence Way Alamosa, CO 81101 or by email to

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.

Subdistrict No. 2

The DRAFT Plan of Water Management for Subdistrict No. 2 is available for review.  This document is a work -in-progress and the Board of Managers is in the process of working towards a final draft that can be presented to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District and the State Engineer in the near future.  If you have any comments regarding this draft, you may call the District office at 719-589-6301 and speak with Amber Pacheco or you can also send an email with your comments to and she will make sure your comments are relayed to the Board of Managers for consideration.  The draft can be viewed 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.

Subdistrict #1 Surface Water Credit Carry Over

The following people are wanting to lease their 2016 surface water credit carry over.

David Broberg 303-466-9225 or
Don Jolly 719-850-8456
Dwayne Catalano 719-588-3003
Ron Bowman 719-221-0825
Danny Temple 754-2432
Thad Elliott 719-849-3862 or
James Bradley 719-852-3403
Barbara Carpenter 719-657-3640
Mike Prentice 719-852-2766

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. 3 Board of Managers Special Meeting Wednesday May 31st at 1:30 p.m. in the District office.  Click here for the agenda.
  • Subdistrict No. 2 Board of Mangaers Special Meeting Thursday June 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the District office.  Click here for the agenda.
  • Subdistrict No. 1 Board of Managers Quarterly Meeting Tuesday June 6th at 1:30 p.m. in the District office.  Click here for the agenda.
Unconfined Aquifer Storage Study

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