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.
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.
We envision a landscape that is prepared for water shortage and wildfire that is achieved by collaborative decision making and partnership. We envision a landscape that is both protected and profitable for local communities within our region. These basins provide almost ⅓ of New Mexico’s drinking water and it is our goal to protect these resources and foster resilience in their adaptability to changing water supply dynamics.
Goals (Principles & Objectives)
- Enable effective local cooperative decision-making.
- Enhance water use efficiency and conservation practices throughout the basin(s).
- Ensure that future resource needs of residents and natural systems are met.
- Protect existing rights, traditional uses and the integrity of land-based cultures.
- Advance appropriate economic development and restoration of watershed values.
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.
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.