Welcome to the San Juan Water Conservancy District Website
The San Juan Water Conservancy District (“the District”) is a special district under Colorado law created in 1987 to serve the water needs of the over-whelming 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 like recreational uses, wildlife habitat, and aesthetics.
The District was pleased to participate in developing the State Water Plan for Colorado that was completed in 2014. This was the culmination of a strategy developed over a decade that allowed more grassroots participation in water development and conservation that created the regional water roundtables and expanded financial opportunities for financing water infrastructure and policy planning across the State.
The District inherited several reservoir sites that were reserved by the Southwestern Water Conservation District that serves all of Southwest Colorado. Among those was one particular site suitable for future development called “Dry Gulch”. Although the site was selected in 1968, it was not until the severe drought of 2001-02 that serious efforts were made to move the project forward. Today, the District takes the lead in developing this project for the community.
Other projects the District has been involved in include water education through the Water Information Program, forest health through the San Juan Forest Health Partnership, and snow pack enhancement through programs developed for cloud seeding. The District looks forward to doing more by developing relationships with other water interests.