Rio Grande BIP

Basin Context:
The Rio Grande drainage basin in Colorado is bound by the San Juan Mountains to the west, the Sangre de Cristo Range to the north and east, the Culebra Range to the southeast, and the Colorado-New Mexico state line to the south. Between the mountains lies the San Luis Valley, an expansive, generally flat area with an average elevation of 7,500 feet and precipitation of less than eight inches per year. Despite the low precipitation, agriculture has long been the basis of the Rio Grande basin economy.

BIP Update Background & Next Steps:
Following on the heels of the release of the Colorado Water Plan in 2015, staff began working on the next update to the statewide water supply initiative or SWSI. The next SWSI effort was rebranded as the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update) after gathering roundtable input and realizing that SWSI and the Basin Implementation Plans (BIPs) are core components of the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan).

The Rio Grande Basin Roundtable's BIP was first developed prior to the release of the Water Plan and is being updated as part of the larger BIP and Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan) update. As with the other basins, the BIP is slated to be completed in 2021 and will fold into the Water Plan update that's scheduled for completion in 2022.

Like the Technical Update, the BIPs and Water Plan will follow a similar format of having a shorter more accessible Volume 1 strategy document and a longer Volume 2 document that will contain the original BIP and other supporting information.

Basin Context:
The Rio Grande drainage basin in Colorado is bound by the San Juan Mountains to the west, the Sangre de Cristo Range to the north and east, the Culebra Range to the southeast, and the Colorado-New Mexico state line to the south. Between the mountains lies the San Luis Valley, an expansive, generally flat area with an average elevation of 7,500 feet and precipitation of less than eight inches per year. Despite the low precipitation, agriculture has long been the basis of the Rio Grande basin economy.

BIP Update Background & Next Steps:
Following on the heels of the release of the Colorado Water Plan in 2015, staff began working on the next update to the statewide water supply initiative or SWSI. The next SWSI effort was rebranded as the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update) after gathering roundtable input and realizing that SWSI and the Basin Implementation Plans (BIPs) are core components of the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan).

The Rio Grande Basin Roundtable's BIP was first developed prior to the release of the Water Plan and is being updated as part of the larger BIP and Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan) update. As with the other basins, the BIP is slated to be completed in 2021 and will fold into the Water Plan update that's scheduled for completion in 2022.

Like the Technical Update, the BIPs and Water Plan will follow a similar format of having a shorter more accessible Volume 1 strategy document and a longer Volume 2 document that will contain the original BIP and other supporting information.