San Luis Valley Growing Water Smart

The Land and Water Challenge in the San Luis Valley

The Rio Grande Basin faces significant water challenges, including diminishing water supplies, overuse of groundwater, and the threat of water exportation. While much of the water is used for agriculture, to achieve a balance between overall supply and demand, all sectors—municipal, commercial, and industrial—will need to work together to manage water carefully and minimize competition.

Water resource managers and local governments can be part of the solution by reducing water demand and growing in ways that also protect the health and function of rivers, streams, and wetlands. The region’s communities, economy, and environment depend on it.

The Growing Water Smart Workshop

The Growing Water Smart workshop brings key decisionmakers on water and land use planning in your community and region together to collaborate on approaches to sustainable water use. The workshop utilizes a range of public engagement, planning, communication, and policy implementation tools to help the San Luis Valley realize its water efficiency, watershed health, and water resilience goals.

The Sonoran Institute and Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, and partner the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center at Adams State University, are seeking teams to participate in the San Luis Valley Growing Water Smart training and assistance program.

Location: Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado
Date: June 8-10, 2022
Costs: No cost to participants
Eligibility: Participate in a team representing an area in the San Luis Valley


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