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2024 Climate Change Report by Colorado State University

San Juan Water Conservancy District follows relevant scientific studies and considers seriously data-driven reports, especially those generated in Colorado. SJWCD Directors use fact-based information to plan for the future of water in the Upper San Juan River drainage and Archuleta County.

Link here to read the Executive Summary of the most recent CSU Climate Change report. 2024 Climate Assessment Report Executive Summary

Measuring SWE with Pagosa Weather

Pagosa Weather organizes a small army of local citizen scientists who measure and report Snow Water Equivalents, SWE. Volunteers are trained in how to measure accumulated snow. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), SWE means the depth of water that would cover the ground if the snow cover was in a liquid state.

Methods of measuring snow here in San Juan Water Conservancy District include Snowtography at Jackson Mountain, Snow Telemetry (SnoTel) at Wolf Creek Pass, and Pagosa Weather’s measuring SWE all over Archuleta County.

Arleen and Shawn Prochazka currently lead Pagosa Weather, a nonprofit organized in 2016. They are NWS Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, Pagosans who are United States Air Force veterans and nationally recognized meteorologists. Arleen leads the citizen scientists and the Pagosa Weather Board of Directors. Volunteers are trained in how to be consistent and accurate in measuring snow depth and also in providing valuable rain, hail, and snow data to CoCoRaHS. Pagosa Weather is the official coordinator of the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS.

The Pagosa Weather website contains a plethora of information, all related to water in the San Juan Water Conservancy District. Everything from forecasts to monthly precipitation summaries to current webcams can be found at www.pagosaweather.org. Contact them to become a citizen scientist providing relevant data to SJWCD’s mission.

Notice of Work Session, March 1

San Juan Water Conservancy District has scheduled a Work Session at 11 am on Friday, March 1. The public Work Session is at 46 Eaton Drive Suite 5. The purpose of the in-person Work Session is to research and plan with Christi Bode of Moxiecran Media. There is no agenda and no actions will be taken. There is no opportunity for public comment.

SJWCD Adopts 2024 Strategic Objectives

2024 Strategic Objectives

The Directors of San Juan Water Conservancy District adopted three 2024 Strategic Objectives, based on the 2021 Strategic Plan. Updated objectives flow from progress achieved in 2023. Action goals are dynamic and revised when needed at SJWCD Work Sessions and Meetings.

Each Director agreed to participate in at least one Objective, but all are encouraged to attend and provide input in any Work Session of interest. Public Work Sessions are for purposes of sharing information and moving research forward. There are not opportunities for public comments or set agendas at a Work Session. Actions may only be approved by the full board at monthly Special or Regular Meetings.

The three SJWCD Strategic Objectives for 2024 are:

Objective One

Advance the San Juan River Headwaters Project as one resource for meeting agricultural, municipal, environmental, and recreational water needs of the SJWCD community.

Objective Two

Identify complementary and supplemental uses for the Running Iron Ranch property and initiate programs with suitable partners to develop the particular uses. Refer to the Growing Water Smart goals established in 2021 to inform the use cases.

Objective Three

Educate the SJWCD community about water resource issues facing the Upper San Juan River Basin. Define the public position on the construction of a reservoir.

Get On Board with Colorado Water Plan

Did you know that the legislated Colorado Water Plan supports water storage, which is a primary responsibility of San Juan Water Conservancy District? The deeply researched document also discourages transmountain diversions, encourages responsible agricultural practices, promotes the health of rivers and riparian habitats, and recognizes the need for increased municipal water conservation. These intentions define what SJWCD is all about.

The Directors of SJWCD base the organization’s decisions on the Colorado Water Plan when considering the future water needs in the upper San Juan River watershed. Scientifically-based and data-driven research forms the basis of SJWCD actions.

Of course, anecdotal research that includes your opinions and community input is of paramount importance! Let SJWCD know what you’re thinking about water.

Link here to read the Colorado Water Plan. https://www.sjwcd.org/colorado-water-plan

Notice of Work Session, March 13

San Juan Water Conservancy District has scheduled a Work Session from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday, March 13. The public Work Session is at 46 Eaton Drive Suite 5. The purpose of the in-person Work Session is to research and plan with Steve Wolff of Southwestern Water Conservation District. There is no agenda and no actions will be taken. There is no opportunity for public comment.