JUNE 1, 2019

Creede, Colorado

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Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
623 Fourth Street
Alamosa, CO 81101

Headwaters Alliance

The Headwateres Alliance, originally the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee, grew out of the determination of a small group of local citizens in Creede, Colorado not to have their town placed on the national priority list for Superfund designation.  The listing was proposed due to the water quality problems that are the result of historic mining that began in the 1800s and continued well into the 1900s.  The narrow valley above the town is lined with abandoned mines, and still boasts some of the best examples of mining structures you will find in the western United States.  No one could have predicted that the mining industry from more than a century ago would create water quality problems that we are still trying to resolve today. 
This group, formally recognized as the Headwaters Alliance, has grown to include a wide variety of public and private interests. Every month, the HA convenes at the Creede town hall. These meetings typically draw representatives from the Forest Service, the U.S. EPA, CO Dept. of Public Health and Environment, CO Div. Minerals & Geology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado Geological Survey, National Resource Conservation Service, in addition to the local volunteers - retired professionals, minors, the former mayor, a county commissioner, a city councilman, historic preservationists, etc. It is an impressive suite of scientific experts and dedicated citizens, wholeheartedly committed to the cause to preserve and protect the Creek and River.

For more information about Headwaters Alliance please visit: headwatersalliance.weebly.com

Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project

The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project (RGHRP) was formed in 2001 from multiple stakeholders to coordinate activities, act as a clearinghouse of information, and secure funds for river restoration work in the Upper Rio Grande Basin. The RGHRP works with private, public, and government entities to implement recommendations of The 2001 Study, a restoration master plan for 91 miles of the Rio Grande in Colorado. The 2001 Study, prompted by concerned local stakeholders, analyzed the condition of the Rio Grande from South Fork to Alamosa by studying the hydrology, floodplain condition, geomorphology, riparian habitat, diversion structures, local planning issues, and specific causes in river change since 1985. Through these efforts, causes of deterioration in function were identified and mitigation methods were provided. Since establishment, the RGHRP has accrued a successful record of working with local stakeholders to complete projects on the Rio Grande through the Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Restoration Program, In-Stream Structure Repair and Replacement Program, and Outreach and Education Program.  

For more information about the RGHRP please visit: riograndeheadwaters.org
The Runoff Runoff was started in 2010 by Forrest Getz and Heather Dutton. Then called the High Country Hustle, Forrest and Heather wanted to organize a 6K Run/Walk for World Water Day and raise awareness to local and global water issues. Since 2010, the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project (RGHRP) and the Headwaters Alliance (HA) have continued to put on this fun community event.  The High Country Hustle has grown and morphed into the Runoff Runoff, but the purpose of the event remains the same: to educate and engage the public in local watershed issues. In addition, all proceeds from the event benefit RGHRP and the HA, which work to improve the health of the Rio Grande Watershed. We hope you will support our efforts by participating in the Runoff Runoff and/or pledging a donation. Read more about these organizations below.

Run along the Rio Grande

Event Organizer:

Emma Reesor 



Headwaters Alliance
P.O. Box 518
Creede, CO 81130

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