The San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership’s geographical scope is located within Archuleta County, CO and Rio Arriba County, NM. The primary communities in the region are: Abiquiu, NM; Chama, NM; Chromo, CO; El Rito, NM; and Tierra Amarilla, NM. The Partnership works throughout the entire Rio Chama Watershed and three San Juan River headwater tributaries that contribute to the Bureau of Reclamation San Juan-Chama Diversion Project: the Navajo River Basin, the Little Navajo River basin, and the Rio Blanco basin.
It is critical to cooperatively manage these different watersheds as together, they all flow to users downstream in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and beyond. The San Juan – Chama Diversion Project delivers approximately 50% of Santa Fe’s City and County potable water, 90% of Bernalillo County’s water, and 40% of Albuquerque’s municipal water supply while also providing water for industrial uses, irrigation, and fish and wildlife benefits. These uses service approximately one third of New Mexico’s population.
Rio Grande Water Fund
A key member in the San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership is the The Rio Grande Water Fund, which is a ground-breaking initiative that is engaging private and public partners in protecting vital watersheds in northern New Mexico.
The Rio Grande Water Fund will generate sustainable funding for a 10-30 year program of large-scale forest and watershed restoration treatments—including thinning overgrown forests, restoring streams and rehabilitating areas that flood after wildfires.
Read more about The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund, click here.