About

The San Juan - Chama Watershed Partnership is a partnership of local, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies; non-government organizations; and local individuals that come 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.

 
View of New Mexico from the Continental Divide Trail - Cumbres Pass South Photo by Caitlin Barbour

View of New Mexico from the Continental Divide Trail - Cumbres Pass South
Photo by Caitlin Barbour


Mission

The mission of the San Juan - Chama Watershed Partnership is to protect and enhance the watershed health and water supply conditions of the Rio Chama from headwaters to the confluence of the Rio Grande, and the tributaries (Navajo River, Little Navajo River, and Rio Blanco) that contribute to the New Mexico Bureau of Reclamation’s San Juan – Chama Diversion Project.

Vision

We envision collaborative decision making and implementation partnerships to help manage a landscape prepared for water shortage and wildfire. We envision a landscape that is both protected and productive for local communities within our region, and stewardship that provides adequate natural resources for downstream users.

The Partnership works to provide collaboration between relevant local, county, state, tribal and federal agencies; non-government organizations; and local individuals to convene education and outreach initiatives on behalf of stakeholders throughout the region. The partnership also provides an inclusive platform to collaborate on ecosystem-wide consideration, planning, and implementation of restoration practices and projects in the Chama (and tributary) basins.

Goals (Principles & Objectives)

  1. Sponsor efforts to achieve collaboration across a spectrum of community members, business owners, and land managers. 

  2. Encourage and participate in effective outreach to reach potential and active participants that represent diversity geographically, institutionally, economically, and socially.

  3. Prepare for, raise awareness of, plan for, and take actions that, on a landscape level, promote sustainability of resources that honors and sustains economic, ecological and social systems.

  4. Enhance regional economic viability and use of forest products.


History

Founded in January of 2014, the San Juan - Chama Watershed Partnership is a working group of public and private stakeholders convened by the Chama Peak Land Alliance and the Bureau of Reclamation to identify and prioritize treatments for forest and watershed health in the headwaters of the San Juan – Chama Diversion Project and the Chama River.

The Partnership is dedicated to increasing the resiliency and ecosystem health of the watershed through sustainable forest management practices that include thinning and prescribed burning, utilization of woody biomass from forest treatments to create jobs and energy through a local and sustainable bioenergy industry, and riparian restoration and agricultural efficiency projects to get the most out of each drop of water.

Navajo Creek (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour

Navajo Creek (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour

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 Blanco River and the Navajo River in Colorado.