Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: June 20, 2003
The City of Albuquerque and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) have the largest allocations of San Juan-Chama Project water. Albuquerque is expected to store its water for future use in its drinking water project, and the MRGCD is expected to use its share for irrigation deliveries this year. These releases will also benefit the city of Santa Fe and other San Juan Chama contractors.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decided on June 12 to uphold an earlier court decision directing the Bureau of Reclamation to give priority to water deliveries for the silvery minnow at the expense of farms and cities. This decision stated that Reclamation had the discretion to use San Juan Chama project water for the silvery minnow, an opinion that is a major setback to the collaborative process that has been working to help the minnow not only survive, but recover.
Reclamation will continue to monitor river and storage conditions, and seek water from willing sellers through cooperative means to meet the needs of all users.
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