Rivers

From dams to drought and toxic run-off,
our waterways are under constant pressure.
Help us protect the lifeblood of our community.

The Alliance is the lead organization in the San Juan Basin working to protect free-flowing clean rivers and streams, increase system-wide water efficiencies, improve water quality, and promote democracy in water policy creation. We work at the scale of watersheds, understanding that you cannot separate the health of the waterways from the lands that feed them.

SJCA-Logo-water-icon-only-chocolateWhy We Work On Rivers

Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part.

— Hal Borland

Land Letter
Free flowing, healthy rivers are the lifeblood of our backcountry landscapes and wildlife. Water is essential to maintaining thriving ecosystems and communities.
Water Letter
For everything from drinking water to agriculture, recreation to healthy ecosystems, clean water from rivers is what sustains us. Protecting our rivers is essential to maintain our region’s environment, public health, and economy.

Water is the driving force of all nature.

Leonardo da Vinci

Every user of the river down here understands that a healthy river is absolutely vital for a healthy economy and a healthy tourism industry.

Jay Weatherill

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

106
Miles of the Dolores River proposed for protection

6
Watersheds being considered for additional protections

73
Local stakeholders engaged to protect Hermosa Creek

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