Rio Grande River  
  • Rio Grande Program

    ​The Rio Grande Program improves the ecological function of the regions’ rivers and streams. Central to this effort is working with local partners to developing an innovative approach to water use in the Middle Rio Grande near Albuquerque that will advance agricultural and conservation objectives.

    In the Rio Grande Valley, both humans and numerous wildlife species rely on the river for their survival. For centuries, agricultural communities have relied on the river for irrigation. Species such as the Silvery Minnow reside in the sandy channels and willow flycatchers inhabit forests alongside the river and its tributaries. Higher up in the watershed, the native Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout requires clear, cold water and intact stream corridors to thrive in the high elevation streams that make up the headwaters of this great river.

    The Rio Grande Program is working to find win–win solutions around the management of water. The initiative is identifying those places where both agricultural production, which has been a centerpiece of the New Mexico economy for decades, and the incredible natural heritage of the State can thrive together.  

    The Rio Grande Program is a partnership between NFWF, the Bureau of Reclamation and other partners in New Mexico and in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.


 Application Information


 Program Information

  • (Updated: 11/2/2017)


 Staff Representatives

  • Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Office






 Due Dates


  • No Current Due Dates