RWR Updates

Updated June 1, 2022

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 Photo by Roy Oliver, taken near Oliver Ranch near Alamosa. April 22, 2022. 

Key Facts

1. After hearing from the San Luis Valley constituency and state of Colorado Water Plan experts, since November of 2021, Douglas County Commissioners have recently decided (May 2022) to not move ahead with the controversial Renewable Water Resources (RWR) water project proposal to pump 22,000 acre feet of water/per year from the San Luis Valley “confined” aquifer in Saguache County. This proposal included plans to build a trans-basin pipeline that would ship groundwater over mountain passes and travel through three Counties to be held in reservoirs hundreds of miles away, and then sold to an unidentified end user in Douglas County.


2. The Douglas County commissioners have decided not to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars on the controversial RWR water supply project but may consider it again in the future.


3. “Right now there are simply too significant and enormous of hurdles for us to move forward on this project,” Commissioner Abe Laydon said. “That’s not to say that we can’t explore this in the future, I think we certainly can, but RWR will have to do significant additional homework on all of these fronts (referring to Stephen Leonhardt’s Attorney memo, hired by Douglas County) to accomplish that.”


* memo links imbedded in media articles below

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1. Alamosa Citizen:  RWR plan has too many holes for Douglas County ARPA investment

2. The Denver Channel News: Douglas Co. commissioners decide not to use ARPA money on San Luis Valley water proposal

3. Parker Chronicle: Douglas County will not use COVID funds on San Luis Valley water project