John Porco, President : 970-264-2171

November 14, 2018–Amid ‘exceptional drought,’ Mancos seeks to protect its watershed (Durango Herald)

Drought hit Southwest Colorado hard in 2018. Since mid-April, the United States Department of Agriculture has classified all of Montezuma County as experiencing “exceptional drought,” its most severe classification. The area has experienced “abnormally dry” conditions...

November 13, 2018–Voters said no to big state taxes, but yes to these smaller land and water efforts. (Water Education Colorado)

Beneath the noise that erupted in Colorado last week after three super-sized statewide tax measures on roads and schools failed was some quieter news: Four county measures to raise or extend sales and property taxes to fund land and water conservation passed,...

November 12, 2018–Drought contingency plan could have major impact on San Juan County (Albuquerque Journal)

Approximately 19 years of drought in the Colorado River basin have led the seven states that rely on water from the river and its tributaries to look at ways they can avoid severe water crises. That could have major impacts for San Juan County residents, according to...

November 11, 2018–States voice shared goal for helping Colorado River basin (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Representatives of states up and down the Colorado River Basin on Thursday described their shared desire to address the threat of drought to water supplies through a suite of proposed new agreements. “When you see the Upper Basin and Lower Basin sitting up here...

November 10, 2018–New water projects will boost conservation (Montrose Press)

Two local water projects have received a cut of $3.7 million in federal grant funding, which will help improve water efficiency in thirsty Montrose County. The money awarded to Bostwick Park Water Conservancy District and the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association...

November 8, 2018–The biggest share of Colorado River water in the West is up for grabs (Desert Sun)

A public agency and a powerful farmer are gearing up for a high-stakes court battle to determine who owns the largest share of Colorado River water in the West, complicating the river's future as seven western states scramble to avoid severe water shortages. There's a...

November 6, 2018–Three Things To Know About Colorado River Plans In The Works (KUNC)

Water managers along the Colorado River are trying to figure out how to live with less. Climate change is growing the gap between the river’s supply, and the demands in the communities that rely on it, including seven western U.S. states and Mexico. The federal...

November 4, 2018–Colorado’s drought persists, with abnormally dry conditions covering 83 percent of the state (Colorado Sun)

Colorado's drought is persisting, with about 83 percent of the state listed under some level of abnormally dry conditions and a growing area of severe and extreme aridity. A U.S. Drought Monitor Report released Thursday shows no significant improvement in drought...

November 2, 2018–The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline (HCN)

Nearly a decade ago, Gabriel Lozada, a man with a wiry frame and waves of steel-gray hair who looks exactly like the mathematician he is, set out to answer what he thought was a relatively simple question: Could Utah’s proposed Lake Powell Pipeline — a plan to ferry...

October 31, 2018–The Colorado River Upper Basin Rolls Out a Drought Contingency Plan for Lake Powell and the Upper Basin States (Samoch Law)

On October 10, the Bureau of Reclamation and the seven Colorado River basin states each released final draft agreements to implement Colorado River Upper and Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plans (DCP).  Last Tuesday’s release marked a major milestone...

October 30, 2018–Western Slope wants limits on water sent to Lake Powell (Aspen Times)

Western Slope water managers have doubled down on their position that they will oppose federal legislation creating a new regulated pool of water to boost the falling level of Lake Powell unless Colorado adopts a policy that the pool should be filled only on a...

October 29, 2018–Climate change is redrawing maps (Axios)

Climate change is reshaping aspects of our environment that many of us thought were static — from where deserts begin and end, to what we can grow in backyard or community gardens. Why it matters: These changes portend bigger shifts to come that may reshape the global...

Welcome to the San Juan Water Conservancy District

Mission Statement
The mission of the San Juan Water Conservancy District is to conserve, develop, utilize, and plan storage for current and future water needs, and that the water resources of the San Juan River and its tributaries, and the property and residents within the District will be benefited by the activities of the District.

NOTICE: The term for current SJWCD Board member Al Pfister expires on November 29, 2019. District residents interested in serving on the SJWCD Board are invited to submit letters of interest. Mail letters of interest to:

Jeffery R. Wilson, Chief Judge
Archuleta County Combined Courts
P.O. Box 148, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

The Board would appreciate an email copy of your letter, sent to Board President John Porco, or mailed to our address: 46 Eaton Drive, Suite 5, Pagosa Springs CO 81147.

Approved 2019 Budget

Board Information & Documents

Financial Information

District History

Additional Water Information Resources

Board of Directors
The San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD or District) is governed by a 3-9 member Board of Directors who serve four-year terms. The Board adopts an annual budget to serve its mission.

John W. Porco, President/Chairman,, 970-264-2171

The San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD or District) was formed in 1987 under the Water Conservancy Act (Colorado Revised Statutes Title 37, Article 45) by a vote of the electors in 1987.  SJWCD is charged with providing water conservation, water resources planning, stream improvement, water rights protection, and development services within its service area, which includes most of the urban and suburban areas of Archuleta County, centered on the town of Pagosa Springs.

The SJWCD has the statutory authority to appropriate water rights, to have and exercise the power of eminent domain to sponsor water resources projects, to construct water development projects, to develop and operate augmentation plans, and to appropriate recreational in-channel diversion rights, among other powers.

Board Vacancies

SJWCD currently has vacancies on its Board of Directors. If you have an interest in water issues and are interested in serving as a volunteer on the Board, please submit a letter of interest to:

Jeffery R. Wilson, Chief Judge
Archuleta County Combined Courts
P.O. Box 148, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Your letter should include your permanent address, to confirm that you are a resident of the District, and can mention your relevant experience and interests. Meetings are held at the District’s office at 46 Eaton Drive, Suite 5, Pagosa Springs CO 81147. Although not required, the Board would appreciate a copy of your letter of interest sent to this District address: 46 Eaton Drive, Suite 5, Pagosa Springs CO 81147.