Basin Implementation Plan Update


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

BIP subcommittees will continue to meet to develop strategies and 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



BIP Update subcommittee Objectives & Strategies meetings have been scheduled:

  • Water Administration: Friday, March 12, 1:00 – 2:30pm
  • Agriculture: Monday, March 22, 9:00 – 10:30am
  • Environment & Recreation: Monday, March 22, 2:30 – 4:00pm
  • Municipal & Industrial: Tuesday, March 23, 9:00 – 10:30am
  • Education & Outreach: Friday, March 26, 10:30am – 12 noon

During these meetings, subcommittees will develop objectives and strategies to include in the BIP Update.

On February 22nd, 2021, the LE held a special meeting with all BIP subcommittees to discuss BIP Objectives & Strategies. The group discussed the measurable outcomes (aka objectives) and strategies that were developed for the 2015 BIP. The group also discussed some possible objective and strategy revisions that the group would like to see made for the BIP Update.

As part of the Basin Implementation Plan Update, please join us for a work session next Tuesday, December 15, from 2:00 – 4:00pm to review and discuss the Tiering Matrix, which is being used to “tier,” or prioritize, projects. During the work session, the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project will provide an overview of the Tiering Matrix, address any questions or concerns, and facilitate the process of Roundtable review and approval of five sample projects. 
Click here for the work session agenda. As noted on the agenda, we are using the same GoToMeeting link and call-in information that the Roundtable has been using for regular meetings. If you’re not able to attend and have questions or would like to discuss any aspect of BIP project tiering, please don’t hesitate to contact Daniel Boyes at

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.

Sep-Oct Technical Update Meetings – As part of the Rio Grande Basin Implementation Plan Update, three meetings were held to review and discuss results from the 2019 Analysis and Technical Update to the Water Plan.