District receives grant funding

The Mosca Hooper Conservation District has been awarded $4,200 from the Rio Grande Water Conservation District to support its SLV Targeted Aquifer Recharge Project, a hydrology study currently underway. These funds will be utilized specifically to support the drilling and monitoring of wells and deploying a Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT) which will assist in retrieving data for validating assumptions in use for groundwater modeling in the unconfined aquifer in the project test site.

Previously, the Mosca-Hooper Conservation District was awarded grant funding from the Rio Grande Basin Account of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Colorado State Conservation Board and MillerCoors to launch the project  This pilot-scale project will work to map depths from 5 feet to 40 feet below soil surface and is intended to locate site-specific differences in impediments to recharge, information useful to water managers to allow surface water to be routed to locations where recharge has the greatest potential. 

Mosca-Hooper Conservation District is partnered with Dr. Kate Zeigler, owner of Zeigler Geologic Consulting LLC, a consulting business based in Albuquerque, NM specializing in groundwater resource management for agricultural areas, to perform the study.

The project assists with informing Colorado’s Water Plan Critical Goals and addresses the dual problems of both preserving the existing groundwater resources and attempting to restore these resources by generating novel geophysical data sets paired with existing public information.

Mosca-Hooper Conservation District is a special district within the State of Colorado responsible for facilitating natural resource conservation opportunities for landowners within Alamosa County. The District’s efforts at incentivizing soil and water conservation and soil health building practices are long-standing, working alongside farmers and ranchers in the region to implement voluntary conservation efforts and regenerative farming practices. Mosca-Hooper Conservation District is a member of the Rio Grande Association of Conservation Districts, and financially supports the educational work of the Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative (RGWCEI), and the advocacy and education work of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) around soil health and watershed stewardship.

Mosca-Hooper Conservation District (MHCD) is a countywide district in Alamosa County established on June 7, 1943. Total acreage within the District is 462,000 acres and does not include the municipalities of Alamosa or Mosca. The mission of MHCD is to provide leadership in natural resource management for the betterment of all present and future residents of the district through education and example.


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