Basin Implementation Plan Update

To submit new projects (also known as “Identified Projects & Processes”) for inclusion in the updated Plan, use this template.


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

Have a project to include in the update? Projects must be submitted under this template to be considered. RGHRP staff are available to assist project proponents with the use of the template.



September 2020 – Following the special Basin Goals meeting in August, the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable voted to approve a revised set of Basin Goals. See the “Who We Are” page to see the revised goals.

Technical Update Meetings – As part of the Rio Grande Basin Implementation Plan Update, three meetings have been scheduled to review and discuss results from the 2019 Analysis and Technical Update to the Water Plan. Click here for more information regarding meeting content and how to join.

Environment & Recreation: September 30, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 noon

Agriculture: October 1, 1:00 pm -2:30 pm

Municipal & Industrial: October 8, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 noon

August 2020 – As part of the Basin Implementation Plan Update, the Roundtable held a special meeting to review and update the original BIP Goals. The meeting included a review of the current Basin Goals and, with group consensus, possible goal revisions.

June 2020 – The Restoration Project has been drafting the BIP work plan, as well as the Identified Projects and Processes (IPP) list. Upcoming subcommittee meetings will address how community members can submit their projects to be included in this list. Click here to view the template used for adding projects to the IPPs.