San Juan Watershed Group 


Who are we?

San Juan Watershed Group is a group of citizens and local agencies working to improve water quality in the San Juan River and its tributaries so that they meet national water quality standards. SJWG spearheads watershed-based planning, coordinates water quality research, provides funding to landowners for agricultural and livestock Best Management Practices, conducts education and outreach about sources of water pollution, and works to improve water quality in numerous other ways.

Our Vision  

A clean and healthy San Juan River for current and future generations.


Our Mission  

To find collaborative solutions to improve water quality in the San Juan River Watershed.

Where are we active?
SJWG is active primarily in the San Juan River Basin in New Mexico & southern Colorado. This area includes the San Juan River from Navajo Dam to the Navajo Nation border, the Animas from the Colorado border to the confluence with the San Juan, and the La Plata from the CO border to the SJ confluence. Presently, we are especially active in the Lower Animas Watershed, which is the focus of our recently-completed watershed based plan. The map on the bottom right shows the Lower Animas Watershed (see the Watershed Based Plan for a detailed key and legend). You can also view our interactive GIS map and visit our projects page for more info.

Sections of the San Juan, Animas, and La Plata Rivers are listed under the Clean Water Act as being polluted with E. coli bacteria, plant nutrients, and sediment. SJWG is committed to finding solutions to river pollution in our area in order to protect the health of our rivers, land, and citizens.