THE US BUREAU of Reclamation has notified the City that the San Juan-Chama Return Flow Project (SJCP) is recommended to Congress for an award of $6 million in federal funding.
Santa Fe has been a leader in municipal planning and water conservation for decades. The City has developed a diversified water supply portfolio comprised of surface water, groundwater, water conservation, and non-potable reuse. SJC water currently makes up about half of our annual water supply.
“The foresight of our predecessors gave City of Santa Fe Water the benefit of imported San Juan-Chama water," says Water Division Director Jesse Roach. "Now we are taking the next step to fully utilize that resource. This will provide us resiliency in the face of climate change for decades to come, and allow our local and regional aquifers to continue to recover.”
The grant application for the Project received letters of support from several large water rights holders and regulators along the Rio Grande who recognize the Project’s water resources and environmental benefits. The City, in partnership with Santa Fe County, is currently updating its 80-year water supply plan through a science-based, stakeholder-informed planning process.
Deeper dive: San Juan-Chama Return Flow Project details are available here; City/County water planning details can be found here.