San Juan River

April 17, 2008--NM governor pledges to fight Gila River diversion (Las Cruses Sun)

Gov. Bill Richardson said Thursday he'll consider
proposing a statutory protection for the Gila River in southwestern New
Mexico to block the construction of dams or water diversion projects on


April 14, 2008--Is development paying too much for Dry Gulch? (Pagosa Daily Post)

“You have to come out and participate. No one has come to our board meetings and yet we are making significant decisions,” Fred Schmidt, President of the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD), lamented as he encouraged and chastised one hundred local business people three weeks ago at a public meeting called to discuss the declining local economy.


April 2, 2008--Grassroots river protection (Durango Telegraph)

As pressures mount on the West’s river basins, a local effort to navigate the tricky waters between protection and development has been launched.


March 17, 2008--Seeking the water jackpot (High Country News)

Editor's note: This is a well-written, timely, and informative article related to American Indian Water Rights--specifically the Navajo Nation, to include, but is not limited to the Interstate Compact Agreement and the Indian Central Arizona Project. It is worthwhile reading, but due to its' length (8 pages), it is too lengthly too extensive to summarize here.


March 13, 2008--Water bill includes loan for Pagosa reservoir (Durango Herald)

With more than $80 million to spend around the state, there's enough money in the Legislature's annual water-projects bill to please friend and foe alike.

House Bill 1346 is one of the most-expensive bills the Legislature will consider this year.


February 11, 2008--Feds to quadruple water to San Juan River (Boulder Daily Camera)

The Bureau of Reclamation will quadruple the amount of water that's released from Navajo Reservoir into the San Juan River this week thanks to heavy snow this winter in Colorado. The release, which will start today, will compensate for the spring melting of the Colorado snowpack to the north, which had reached 160 percent of the 30-year average Sunday.


December 4, 2007--Local groups win grants for land preservation (Durango Herald)

Almost $4.4 million in lottery money is headed to Southwest Colorado to pay for land conservation along the San Juan Skyway. An additional $4.2 million will pay for protection of two ranches on the Upper San Juan River in Archuleta and Mineral counties. The awards are part of $75 million in grants announced Monday by Great Outdoors Colorado and Gov. Bill Ritter.


November 27, 2007--State engineer estimates settling water rights at $300 million (Las Cruces Sun-News)

New Mexico State Engineer John D'Antonio has estimated it would cost $300 million over 55 years to settle all the water rights claims on New Mexico's rivers and streams. The money is necessary to finalize water rights in court in a process known as adjudication.


November 8, 2007--The native dilemma (Durango Telegraph)

The push is on to go native in the headwaters of Hermosa Creek. The Colorado Division of Wildlife and San Juan National Forest are currently working to reverse the local decline of the native Colorado River cutthroat trout. However, the reintroduction effort, which focuses on the drainage’s headwaters, has also drawn mixed reviews.


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