The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) proposes to implement a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Agreement within Colorado’s Rio Grande Basin. The Rio Grande CREP would occur within Special Improvement District No. 1 of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, which contains portions of Alamosa, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties.
The CREP provides financial and technical assistance to producers for ceasing active agricultural production and installing a conservation practice on enrolled land. The Rio Grande CREP is necessary to help reduce the water demands and restore long-term sustainability of water resources in the Rio Grande Basin. The Rio Grande CREP would also restore wetlands and enhance wildlife habitat, improve streamflows, and contribute to the improvement of the confined and unconfined aquifer within the Rio Grande Basin.
A Programmatic Environmental Assessment was drafted to evaluate the environmental consequences associated with implementing the Rio Grande CREP. The final Programmatic Environmental Assessment has been issued and is available by clicking here.
The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued on August 9, 2012 and is available by clicking here.
The signup for Colorado Rio Grande Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, will be the subject of a public/producer informational meeting to be held at the new Sargent High School Auditorium (Rio Grande County) on Thursday May 30th beginning at 1:00 pm. For more information, click here.