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The San Luis Valley Region and its six participating counties (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache) are in the final stages of a planning effort to assess risks from natural, human-health, and human-caused hazards and to identify ways to reduce those risks. The public comment period is now in force through February 14.

The county-by-county draft update is the result of a planning process that began in February 2022. According to the Saguache County Office of Emergency Management Director Bobby Woelz, each county’s existing Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is now part of one cohesive, regional plan.

An HMP is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to be eligible to receive certain federal disaster assistance and grants for hazard mitigation projects. The plan is available for public review and comment between January 30th and February 14th. Following the public comment period the Plan will be submitted for final approval and ultimately adopted by all involved jurisdictions.

Download the Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan here: 

Submit public comments here: 

For those interested in the development process, you can view the virtual public workshop that introduced the updated draft of the Hazard Mitigation Plan, its hazards, and highlights the mitigation strategies at this link. The video includes a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Featured image: Looking northeast in July, 2021 from Moffat across the San Luis Valley. Photo by Tara Flanagan.