SJCWP History


The Partnership (Est. 2014)

The San Juan-Chama Watershed Partnership (Partnership) is a working group of public and private stakeholders convened by the Chama Peak Land Alliance to identify and prioritize treatments for forest and watershed health in the headwaters of the San Juan – Chama Diversion and Chama River.  Over 100 diverse attendees participated in the launch of the Partnership in Dulce, NM in January 2014.

Since the launch, the Alliance has been engaged in opportunities to move the Partnership forward including participating in the NM Statewide Wood Energy Enterprise Team (SWEET) that was funded by the USDA in August 2014. The SWEET’s goal is to support the development of geographic clusters of wood energy projects by connecting woody biomass feedstock supplies to wood biomass energy producers through the development of feedstock plans, biomass business plans, preliminary design and/or engineering assessments, market research for wood energy and innovated uses of wood to energy.

The Partnership is also engaged with The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund. The goal of the Water Fund is to leverage funds from public and private donors to increase forest thinning 10-fold, to more than 600,000 acres in 20 years.

    San Juan - Chama  Project (1962-1976)

    The San Juan - Chama Project was authorized on June 13, 1962 as part of the Public Law 87-483 in order to bring fresh water from the Rio Chama Watershed Basin to the Santa Fe and Albuquerque populations. The Project is a series of dams that divert a certain amount of water, from the Rio Blanco, Little Navajo and Navajo rivers, through a series of tunnels to the Heron Reservoir.

     Blanco Diversion Dam (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour

    Blanco Diversion Dam (April 2018) - Photo by Caitlin Barbour

    Acequia (6,000-10,000 ya)

    Acequias is Arabic for "" and is used as the name for ditch-type irrigation systems in the New Mexico region. Acequias are approximately 6,000-10,000 years old.