Final Environmental Impact Statement
The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to operate Navajo Dam and Reservoir to meet Endangered Species Act-related flow recommendations for the San Juan River, or a reasonable alternative to those recommendations, in a manner which enables both current and future water depletions to proceed in compliance with the ESA.
This change in reservoir operations would assist in conserving endangered fish in the San Juan River downstream from Farmington, New Mexico, and enabling water development to proceed in the San Juan River Basin in compliance with applicable laws, compacts, court decrees, and American Indian trust responsibilities. To accomplish this action, Reclamation would continue to operate Navajo Dam to meet the authorized project purposes while modifying reservoir release patterns to meet flow recommendations designed, in concert with other authorized recovery actions, to maintain or improve habitat for the razorback sucker and Colorado pikeminnow.
The Navajo Reservoir Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement describes and analyzes potential environmental effects resulting from the proposed operational changes to Navajo Dam and Reservoir. The FEIS has been prepared according to provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other laws and mandates.