Alamosa River Watershed comprises 148 square miles in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado. The mainstem of the Alamosa River is 51 miles long, extending from the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains east of La Jara. Elevations vary from over 13,000 feet to about 7,600 feet. Primary tributaries to the Alamosa River include Treasure Creek, Iron Creek, Alum Creek, Bitter Creek and Wightman Fork. Some of the oldest communities in Colorado are located in the Alamosa River watershed, including La Jara and Capulin. The economy in the watershed currently supports agricultural and recreation-oriented tourism.
Cindy Medina, Alamosa Riverkeeper, in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, was instrumental in devising an innovative way to restore flows to the Alamosa River. Since 1994, she has been active in the Summitville Superfund site located Colorado's San Juan Mountains where remediation costs have exceeded $200 million. A $5 million natural resource damage settlement was reached for the restoration of the Alamosa River watershed. In 2015, Cindy was the recipient of the Colorado Water Trust Getches Flowing Waters Award "in honor of David Getches' inspirational, collaborative and innovative spirit and determination in restoring and protecting healthy Colorado stream flows."
PO Box 753
La Jara, Colorado 81140