Basin Implementation Plan Update

Background

The Rio Grande Basin Implementation Plan (BIP) is currently undergoing an update! This effort coincides with updates to each roundtable’s BIP across the state as well as the Colorado Water Plan (CWP), and will utilize data from the Technical Update to the CWP. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has selected engineering firm Brown and Caldwell as a General Contractor to assist CWCB and basin roundtables with the BIP and CWP update process.

The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project (RGHRP) was selected by the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable (RGBRT) to serve as the Local Expert for the Rio Grande Basin’s BIP update. As the local expert, the RGHRP will be the RGBRT’s main point of contact with CWCB and Brown and Caldwell throughout the BIP update. This framework was developed to help streamline the update and produce consistent BIP documents and results across basins. 

In collaboration with the RGBRT, the RGHRP will be responsible for updating the BIP and basin projects list by  updating and adding new projects as well as determining their feasibility. The BIP update will be accomplished with input from the RGBRT and BIP subcommittees composed of local stakeholders and RGBRT members. These subcommittees include:

  • Environmental and Recreation
  • Agriculture
  • Municipal and Industrial
  • Water Administration
  • Education and Outreach

Initial kickoff meetings have already taken place with each subcommittee. These subcommittees will continue to inform the RGBRT and RGHRP in upcoming meetings. If you’re interested in joining one of these subcommittees, it’s not too late! Email Daniel Boyes, Program Manager at the RGHRP, at daniel@riograndeheadwaters.org

Timeline

RECENT NEWS

April 2020 – Initial BIP subcommittee meetings held

4/29/20 – 5/6/20 – Members of the Restoration Project attended the online BIP Update Kick-off Workshops hosted by the General Contractor and the CWCB . These workshops focused on topics such as use of Technical Update tools and data sets, sharing information within the basin, and cross-basin collaboration.