San Juan River Basin

March 13, 2015--Forecasters predict another down year for Lake Mead (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A lackluster year so far on the Colorado River has local water managers and National Park Service officials bracing for further declines at Lake Mead. According to the latest federal forecast, released Wednesday, the reservoir is expected to fall to a new record low next month and slip downward from there, shedding a total of about 20 feet through June 2016. The bleak new estimat

Groundbreaking for Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

On June 2nd, federal, state, and tribal officials gathered in western New Mexico to break ground for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project.

Four Corners River Health Workshop: Collaborating for Water Quality in the San Juan Basin (Farmington, NM)

10/16/2012 8:00 am
10/17/2012 5:00 pm

This workshop is being funded as a part of the New Mexico Environment Department's 2012 New Mexico Watershed Forum Serives. This is two FREE days of educational workshops and field trips. Educate yourself about the health of the rivers in the San Juan Watershed and learn how local groups are working together to protect and restore water quality.

February 1, 2010--Southwest snowpack is looking good; rest of state, so-so (Denver Post)

Recent storms have boosted snowpack in southwest Colorado above average, but the statewide snowpack is still lagging. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says statewide snowpack was 87 percent of average as of Saturday. It was 108 percent of average in the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basin and 111 percent of average for the Upper Rio Grande basin in southwest Colorado.

January 27, 2010--High stakes snow speculation: Gauging our water future (Crested Butte News)

As of January 25, the snow-water equivalent totals for the Gunnison River Basin were at 97 percent of average, according to data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Gunnison Basin stretches over 8,000 square miles of western Colorado, extending from the Continental Divide to the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers near Grand Junction.

January 10, 2010--Water: Gas companies helped create a map of nontributary water (Durango Herald)

Most coalbed methane wells in Southwest Colorado do not deplete area rivers, a state regulator has decreed. But ranchers say the decision gives away water to gas companies at the expense of senior water rights owners. State Engineer Dick Wolfe finished new rules for area coalbed methane wells Dec. 30.

January 16, 2009--Biggest land protection in 25 years (Telluride Daily Planet)

The U.S. Senate approved a bill Thursday that will better protect more than two million acres of public land, and represents one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in 25 years.

January 7, 2009--Colorado River District seeks grant applications for water supply projects (Eagle Valley Enterprise)

The Colorado River District is soliciting grant applications for projects that increase water supplies in the 15-county area within the Colorado River Basin. This includes all tributary watershed areas in Colorado, except the San Juan River basin.

September 25, 2008--Court: No reserved water rights for NM trust land (Denver Post)

There are no federally reserved water rights for the millions of acres of state trust land in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

May 22, 2008--Snowpack helps reservoirs (Durango Herald)

Overall, the snowpack in the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel basins stood at 93 percent of average Wednesday, said Mike Gillespie with the National Resources Conservation Service in Denver. It's been melting out pretty quickly down there. We've lost more than one-half of the maximum pack reached in mid-April, which was the equivalent of 28 inches of water," Gillespie said.

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