About

We are a Partnership of local, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies; non-government organizations; and local individuals coming together to support a watershed that has a healthy ecosystem, a vibrant economy, and sustainable communities for the people who live and depend on this watershed.

 

Mission

To protect and enhance the watershed health and water supply conditions of the Rio Chama for its human and natural communities, by convening an inclusive, annual conference (congreso) to consider, plan and implement restoration practices and projects in the Chama (and tributary) basins.


Goals (Principles & Objectives)

  1. Enable effective local cooperative decision-making.
  2. Enhance water use efficiency and conservation practices throughout the basin(s).
  3. Ensure that future resource needs of residents and natural systems are met.
  4. Protect existing rights, traditional uses and the integrity of land-based cultures.
  5. Advance appropriate economic development and restoration of watershed values.

 Continental Divide (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour

Continental Divide (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour

Region

The San Juan - Chama Watershed Partnership is situated on the western portion of the Continental Divide in Colordo and New Mexico and the watershed headwaters originate on the Navajo River in Colorado.


History

The San Juan Chama Watershed Partnership was founded in Dulce, NM, during August 2014, by the Chama Peak Land Alliance and its partners.


Watershed Science

"A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that falls in it and drains off of it goes to a common outlet." - U.S. Geological Survey
 Navajo Creek (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour

Navajo Creek (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour