CREEDE, CO., (August 1, 2016):  The Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation is soliciting bids for the Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment.  This work will assess the ecological condition of the Upper Rio Grande Watershed.

“This Assessment will give us a road map for our current watershed health and recommendations for future stewardship projects,” says Emma Regier of the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project.  Many environmental challenges face the Upper Rio Grande watershed, including extended drought, forest fires, extensive beetle kill, water quality impairments, endangered species, degraded habitat, and other human-caused impacts.  This comprehensive Assessment will document current conditions and will bring together watershed groups, federal, state and local entities, and private landowners.  

The complete Request can be found at www.riograndeheadwaters.org with proposals due by August 24th.  Questions on the RFP should be directed to Emma Regier at 719-589-2230.

Partners for this project include the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Rio Grande National Forest, the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project, Trout Unlimited, Willow Creek Reclamation Committee, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, San Luis Valley Irrigation District, the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, Rio Grande Water Conservation District, and RWEACT.  Funding for this project comes from the Colorado Water Conservation Board through RWEACT and the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable and the Colorado Department of Public Health & the Environment (CDPHE).

RWEACT (Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team) works to promote partnerships and actions that provide for public safety and resiliency of communities and watersheds of the Rio Grande Basin of Colorado.