Welcome to the San Juan Water Conservancy District
The San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD or District) is a special district under Colorado law created in 1987 to serve the water needs of the majority of Archuleta County. The District is not a water provider, but makes sure water resources are available for beneficial use to those who do provide water for the community. This may come in the form of consumptive uses like agriculture, municipal, fire protection, and industrial pursuits. This may also mean non-consumptive uses such as recreational, wildlife habitat, and aesthetics.
The District was pleased to participate in the development of the State Water Plan for Colorado that was completed in 2015. This was the culmination of a strategy developed over a decade that allowed more grassroots participation in water development and conservation. Efforts proceeding the State Water Plan established regional basin roundtables and expanded financial opportunities to fund water infrastructure and policy planning across the State.
Other projects the District has been involved in include: the San Juan River Headwaters Project, river restoration work (i.e., Lower Blanco River Restoration Project), water education through the Water Information Program, forest health through the San Juan Forest Health Partnership, snow pack enhancement through programs developed for cloud seeding, Water and Land Use Planning Task Force with the County and Town, and Watershed Management Planning. The District looks forward to working on additional projects within their boundaries by developing relationships with individuals and organizations with an interest in water.