San Juan River

June 5, 2014--Snowpack in Southwest Colorado all but gone (Durango Herald)

The snowpack in the watershed emptied by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers is fading fast, the last report of the year by the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows. The only basin with less snowpack than the four-river watershed as of June 1 was the Upper Rio Grande.


May 15, 2014--Three legislators challenge Navajo Water Rights Settlement (Daily Times)

Three legislators and an official with an agency that represents San Juan River irrigation ditches are asking New Mexico's highest court to cancel the Navajo Water Rights Settlement because they say its approval violated the state constitution. "There was no Legislature involvement," said Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec.


May 10, 2014--Snowpack suffering in Southwest Colorado (Durango Herald)

The snowpack as of May 1 in the watersheds drained by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers leaves the southwest corner of Colorado hurting. At 68 percent of its 30-year median, the amount of snow in the high country foretells a sparse runoff. Only the Rio Grande basin is worse off at 50 percent.


April 8, 2014--San Juan Watershed Group study identifies human waste as likely contaminant in Animas, San Juan, La Plata rivers (Four Corners News)

Preliminary results from an environmental study indicate septic waste may be seeping from sewage systems or being illegally dumped into the Animas and San Juan rivers. "It is startling. It is unexpected," said David Tomko, San Juan Watershed Group coordinator. "But let's see if there's another explanation." The environmental group — an offshoot of the U.S.


February 23, 2014--E. coli levels in Animas are mixed (Durango Herald)

A study last year found that the level of E. coli bacteria in the Animas River just north of the New Mexico state line met water-quality standards but exceeded them in the New Mexico stretch of the river. E. coli levels in the San Juan River above its confluence with the Animas at Farmington also were above the limit. The E.


August 17, 2013--NM court signs off on Navajo water settlement (Denver Post)

The Navajo Nation has cleared a major hurdle in expanding its agricultural operations in northwestern New Mexico. A state court Friday signed off on a settlement that gives the tribe enough water from the San Juan River to irrigate 40,000 acres of farmland. The 130,000 acre-feet is above the 195,000 acre-feet that the Navajo Nation now uses.


July 4, 2013--River restoration earns national honors (Durango Telegraph)

It was working together, not just working toward environmental goals, that made the San Juan River Habitat Restoration Project stand out. The project earned an America’s Great Outdoors program award this week for recent habitat improvements along the San Juan that required a unique and successful partnership between tribal, state, federal and nonprofit agencies and organizations.


October 31, 2012--Water 2012 visits Southwest Basin (Alamosa News)

Southwestern Colorado’s rivers are unique in that many of the rivers and tributaries flow from north to south and are administered as independent river systems. This is due to the fact that many, such as the Navajo, Blanco, Piedra, Pine, Florida, Animas, La Plata, and Mancos Rivers, are tributary to the San Juan River in New Mexico or just upstream of the state line.


October 18, 2012--Streamflow close to 2002 low (Pagosa Springs Sun)

Fall is here, and winter is right around the corner. During this time of year, the river isn’t expected to be rushing. The San Juan River normally winds leisurely through Pagosa Country being adorned by the falling golden leaves — a perfect backdrop for a lovely photo. Or possibly the river might take on another meaning for those looking to catch fish.


July 23, 2012--More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River (Durango Herald)

A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see the local population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 and 3 million by 2060. That’s according to the latest data from a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study.


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