Saguache Creek Meeting On Tuesday

As part of the Saguache Creek Stream Management Plan (SMP) your thoughts, concerns, and values surrounding the creek are wanted.  Your input will help guide and inform that SMP process.  Residents are encouraged to join officials at tomorrow’s meeting Tuesday, June 11 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  at the Saguache County Road and Bridge Meeting Room at 305 3rd Street.

From the ranchers to the farmers, many rely on the bounty of Saguache Creek’s water. Photo: Saguache Today/Brennan Ruegg.

This meeting will be reporting on responses to the SMP stakeholder survey.  For questions about SMP or to request a paper copy of the survey don’t hesitate to contact Daniel Boyes at danie@riograndeheadwaters.org

Background Information                                         

The Colorado Water Plan set the goal of developing Stream Management Plans (SMPs) for 80% of locally prioritized rivers in Colorado. SMPs are intended to utilize biological, hydrological, geomorphological, and other data to assess stream flows and other conditions necessary to support the environmental, agricultural, and recreational values of the community.

We are thrilled to have received funding to complete these SMPs in collaboration with our Technical Advisory Team (TAT) and many other local water user groups and agencies. The Rio Grande Basin Roundtable’s SMP Committee prioritized the following project reaches in the Rio Grande Basin, which can be seen on the map above: The Rio Grande from Stony Pass to the State Line, Conejos River from Platoro Reservoir to the confluence with the Rio Grande, and Saguache Creek from the USFS Boundary to the Town of Saguache. SMPs will be developed for each of these prioritized reaches. The TAT, made up of partners from water user groups, local environmental and recreation interests, and state and federal agencies, will help guide the SMP process.

The Stream Management Plans would not be possible without funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the San Luis Valley Conservation and Connection Initiative, American Whitewater, the San Luis Valley Conservancy District, and significant in-kind contributions from our partners, listed below.

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