San Juan Chama Project
The San Juan-Chama Diversion Project is very important to the BDD Project for the following reasons: 1. The City and County have permanent contracts with the Bureau of Reclamation for a total of 5,605 acre-feet of San Juan-Chama Project water per year. 2. This 5,605 acre-feet of water per year will provide approximately two-thirds of the BDD Project’s allowable annual maximum diversions. It is a little more than half of the total annual potable water use by the City and County public water systems and Las Campanas over the last several years. 3. The San Juan-Chama Project water is from a renewable surface water resource. 4. Water from the San Juan-Chama Project is unusually reliable. 5. The State Engineer has issued a permit to the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County for diversion of 5,605 acre-feet of water per year at the BDD Project. 6. As much as 25% additional San Juan-Chama water can be diverted at the BDD Project under the State Engineer permit in any year, subject to availability of the water and the prior approval of the State Engineer. The San Juan-Chama Diversion Project, which was constructed and is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, diverts water from three headwater streams of the San Juan River in southern Colorado and delivers the imported water into the Chama River in New Mexico. Photo of the Rio Chama in 2005 courtesy of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.