2013 Summer Field Trips- Closed Basin Project


Friday, Sept 20, 2013:

Tour of the Closed Basin Water Project


Closed basin composite


The Colorado Field Institute invites you to join them for a trip out in the field! The third trek of the summer field series will be a tour of the Closed Basin Project.

The Closed Basin Division is located in south central Colorado in the San Luis Valley in a topographic basin called the Closed Basin. The Closed Basin has a surface area of 2,940 square miles. The purpose of the Closed Basin Division project is to salvage unconfined ground water and available surface flows in the Closed Basin that would otherwise be lost to evapotranspiration by salt grass, rabbit brush, greasewood, and other vegetation. The salvaged water is delivered through a 42-mile conveyance channel to the Rio Grande to assist Colorado in meeting it's commitment to the States of New Mexico and Texas, under the Rio Grande Compact of 1939, and to assist the United States in meeting it's commitment to Mexico under the treaty dated May 21, 1906.

The Project also provides for the delivery of water to the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area, stabilization of San Luis Lake, recreational facilities at San Luis Lake, and fish and wildlife enhancement.

We will meet on Friday , September 20th, at 9am, in the parking lot of the Bureau of Reclamation Office, 10900 E. U.S. Hwy. 160, Alamosa, Colorado (about 2miles east of Alamosa on the South side of Highway 160. This is a half-day tour; we will wrap up around 11:30 or 12:00 and you are on your own for lunch. The cost of the tour is $5.00 for members, $5.00 for students, and $15.00 for nonmembers.


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► Everyone is welcome on this CFI field trip but current CFI members will receive a member discount on this and future field trips. Your membership dues also help support our great winter lecture series. 

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