The San Juan Watershed Group (SJWG) 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. We spearhead watershed-based planning, coordinate water quality research, provide assistance and funding to landowners for agricultural and livestock Best Management Practices (BMPs), conduct education and outreach about sources of water pollution, and work to improve water quality in numerous other ways.

Our Group

The San Juan Watershed Group is overseen by a five-member Steering Committee, composed of local citizens, who provide planning, support, and guidance to the Coordinator and the group at large.

Meet the Team             

Watershed Group Program Coordinator                                                                                                                      Alyssa Richmond                                          

Steering Committee                                                                                                                                                              Toni Sitta – City of Farmington Associate Project Engineer                                                                                            Gloria Lehmer – River Reach Foundation Board Member                                                                                                    Melissa May – San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District Manager                                                                          Edward H. Bulloch – Retired Soil Scientist                                                                                                                      Marcel Gaztembide – Animas Riverkeeper

The Steering Committee offers professional planning, support, and guidance, however our direction and actions are determined by you – the local community. All people concerned of the health of our rivers are a member of the San Juan Watershed Group. Please join us at our monthly meetings or contact us directly to learn more on how we can help each other and work together! 

Our Story

Formed in 2001, the San Juan Watershed Group (SJWG) works to find collaborative solutions to improve water quality in the San Juan River and its tributaries. The SJWG works with partners to conduct water quality sampling to identify impairments and their sources while implementing bacteria and nutrient reduction projects, with the goal of mitigating these impairments to acceptable levels. These projects involve working with landowners, government agencies, local entities, and other partners to implement best management practices (BMPs), and they have shown considerable success in implementation and restoration results. Learn more about us through our Interactive Story Map.

Our Services

Are you experiencing heavy riverbank instability and need professional solutions? Is your septic tank malfunctioning or in need of some maintenance? Are you a new or experienced farmer looking for technical assistance on conservation plans? We may be able to help!

Through an agreement with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), the Watershed Coordinator and assessment team offers free riparian assessments to landowners along the Animas and San Juan Rivers. Not along the river? No problem: homeowners along drainages and ditches qualify as well. Funding is currently available to conduct best management practices (BMPs) and restoration projects along the Animas River. Private landowners are encouraged to fill out our Request for Riparian Assessment Form to be added to our list of potential projects. After the form is received you will be contacted to begin the consultation process and schedule an appointment for a property visit and assessment. 

What is a Riparian Assessment? 

Our assessments follow the New Mexico’s NRCS Guide for Planning Riparian Treatments in New Mexico. These protocols allow us to provide a “Percent Functional Score” of your area of concern in regards to ecological function, meaning that a “Report Card” and recommended pathways for project planning and design are provided. Please fill out the form or contact us directly to learn more about our program and our ability to work together:

                                                                              Alyssa Richmond                                                                                                                                                            Watershed Coordinator                                                                                                                                                           505-234-6040 Ext. 3                                                                                                                                     

Grant Projects

The San Juan Watershed Group assists in funding and management of restoration projects throughout the San Juan Watershed. If funding is not available to cover your particular project, we are always looking for projects to apply for funding to include in our watershed-scale restoration projects and Lower Animas Watershed Based Plan.

More information coming soon! 

More information coming soon!

More information coming soon!


Check out our interactive map of all of our projects completed with landowners, businesses, and local agencies since 2011.

Reports and Documents

NOTICE: During the COVID-19 outbreak, our staff is working remotely. To contact us, email or call our new office phone number (505-234-6040) which will connect you directly to us. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.