San Juan River

September 29, 2007--San Juan River water quality improves (Farmington Daily Times)

Water used for consumption needs some amount of salt, but too much can cause problems, said Dave Anning, a hydrologist with the USGS. The term "salt" refers to the amount of sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfate and chlorate in water as opposed to pure table salt.


September 17, 2007--Making more water (Denver Post)

At issue last summer was a pipeline from the San Juan River to serve Gallup, N.M., and portions of the Navajo nation. Before it can be built, the Interior Department has to issue a "Hydrologic Determination" that there will likely be enough water available to make the project worth building.


September 6, 2007--New Mexico's San Juan River gains some attention for its trout fishing (Desert News)

The San Juan is arguably one of the best fly-fishing rivers in the United States. Because the average high temperature in January is 40 degrees, the fishing never really stops. Before the completion of Navajo Dam in 1962, the river fluctuated highly. Catfish and pike minnows (which were known as squawfish) were in abundance at that time — but not trout.


August 29, 2007--Suit seeks records on Navajo water documentary (Free New Mexican)

An attorney for some San Juan River irrigators filed a lawsuit in Bernalillo District Court against KNME-TV, Albuquerque Public Schools, the State Engineer’s Office and others, seeking public records on a documentary aired in January about Navajo water problems.


August 27, 2007--State pressed on water deal (Arizona Republic)

The Navajo Nation's need for water has cast a shadow over the Colorado River for decades. It has been that one overwhelming task everyone worked around, pushing it off for later.


August 5, 2007--E. coli found in San Juan River (Farmington Daily Times)

The San Juan Watershed Group recently wrote a report alleging livestock manure is the main source of E. coli on the Stevens Arroyo, a mostly dry creek stretched from the Colorado state line south to the river. The bacteria, commonly found in the intestines of mammals, suggests more harmful bacteria could be present in the water.


July 21, 2007--Water rights power debate over Navajo Nation plant (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The Navajo Nation has been working for decades to settle a dispute over rights to San Juan River water, and environmentals say they're concerned the tribe could use the water rights under a settlement pending in Congress to feed a proposed coal-fired power plant on the reservation.


July 14, 2007--Coal mining on Navajo land draws lawsuit (Durango Herald)

Three environmental groups challenged a government agency over its decision to renew a permit for the coal mine that would supply the proposed Desert Rock power plant in New Mexico.


June 17, 2007--San Juan River a masterpiece (Farmington Daily Times)

The San Juan-Chama Diversion Project takes water (110,000 acre-feet) from San Juan tributaries in Colorado and tunnels it beneath the Continental Divide and into the Chama River. Since 1970, this water has been flowing down the Chama, stored in Heron Lake, and released to the middle Rio Grande River Basin.


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