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Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project Planning Report and
Final Environmental Impact Statement

A long-term sustainable water supply is needed for the area to support current and future populations.  The proposed project would be designed to serve a future population of approximately 250,000 people by the year 2040.  Existing groundwater supplies are dwindling, have limited capacity, and are of poor quality.  More than 40 percent of Navajo households rely on water hauling to meet daily water needs.  The city of Gallup’s groundwater levels have dropped approximately 200 feet over the past 10 years, and the supply is not expected to meet current water demands within the decade.  The Jicarilla Apache people are currently not able to live and work outside the Town of Dulce on the reservation because of a lack of water supply.

The proposed project would convey a reliable M&I water supply to the eastern section of the Navajo Nation, the southwestern part of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup via diversions from the San Juan River in northern New Mexico. The Navajo Nation, city of Gallup, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation are part of the project steering committee that assisted in preparation of portions of this document.

Navajo Nation communities and the city of Gallup rely on a rapidly depleting groundwater supply that is inadequate to meet present needs and anticipated growth. Other water sources are needed to meet current and future M&I demands of more than 43 Navajo chapters, including the communities of Fort Defiance and Window Rock in Arizona, the city of Gallup, and the Teepee Junction area of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

The proposed project is designed to divert a total of 37,764 acre-feet of water per year from the San Juan River, with a resulting depletion of 35,893 acre-feet, based on 2040 projected population with a demand rate of 160 gallons per capita per day (gpcd). The Cutter diversion would require 4,645 acre-feet per year with no return flow to the San Juan River. The PNM diversion would take the remaining 33,119 acre-feet of diversion, with an average return flow of 1,871 acre-feet. Based on the expected populations in the year 2040, the proposed project would serve approximately 203,000 people in 43 chapters in the Navajo Nation, 1,300 people in the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and approximately 47,000 people in the city of Gallup.

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
Planning Report and Final Environmental Impact Statment


 
 VOLUME 1 - Planning Report and Final EIS  
 Cover Pages   (PDF)
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 Filing Page   (PDF)
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 Map   (PDF)
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 Acronyms and Abbreviations    (PDF)
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 Executive Summary   (PDF)
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 Table of Contents    (PDF)
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 Chapter 1 - Introduction    (PDF)
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 Chapter 2 - Need for Action    (PDF)
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 Chapter 3 - Opportunities/Resources and Constraints   (PDF)
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 Chapter 4 - Alternatives    (PDF)
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 Chapter 5 - Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences  (PDF)
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 Chapter 6 - Environmental Commitments and Mitigation Measures    (PDF)
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 Chapter 7 - Consultation and Coordination   (PDF)
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 Chapter 8 - Permits, Approvals, Regulatory Requirements    (PDF)
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 List of Preparers   (PDF)
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 Bibliography    (PDF)
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 Glossary    (PDF)
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 Attachment List    (PDF)  
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 Attachment A - Memorandum of Agreement    (PDF)
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 Attachment B - Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the City of Gallup Concerning Water Supplies for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (October 2007)(PDF)
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 Attachment C - Resolution of the Resources Committee of the Navajo Nation Council (PDF)
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 Attachment D - Resolutions of the Navajo Nation Chapters    (PDF)
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 Attachment E - Resolutions of the Upper Colorado River Commission   (PDF)
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 Attachment F - Letter from Jicarilla Apache Tribe to the Bureau of Reclamation (February 16, 2001)    (PDF)
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 Attachment G - Letter from Honorable Kelsey A. Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation, and Honorable John Peña, Mayor of the city of Gallup, to Eluid Martinez, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation (November 22, 2000)   (PDF)
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 Attachment H - Letters from Eluid L. Martinez, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation (December 26, 2000), and Rick L. Gold, Regional Director, Upper Colorado Regional Office, to Honorable Kelsey A. Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation, and Honorable John Peña, Mayor of the city of Gallup (June 13, 2001)    (PDF)
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 Attachment I - Preferred Alternative   (PDF)
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 Attachment J - Screening Report    (PDF)
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 Attachment K - Vegetation    (PDF)
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 Attachment L - List of Wildlife Found in the Project Area and Habitat Associations   (PDF)
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 Attachment M - Soil and Geology Descriptions   (PDF)
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 Attachment N - Hydrologic Determination, 2007, Water Availability from Navajo Reservoir and the Upper Colorado River Basin for Use in New Mexico    (PDF)
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 Attachment O - Principles for Conducting Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultations on Water Development and Water Management Activities Affecting Endangered Fish Species in the San Juan River Basin    (PDF)
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 Attachment P - Northwestern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act
(Public Law 111-11, title X, subtitle B)
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 Entire Document - Volume 1    (PDF)
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 VOLUME 2 - Technical Appendices to the Planning Report and Final EIS
 Cover and List of Appendices   (PDF)
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 Appendix A - Technical Memorandum  [ Entire Appendix ]   (PDF)

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 Appendix B - Appraisals Level Designs and Cost Estimates   (PDF)

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 Appendix C part 1 - Fish and Wildlife Service Memorandum  December 2002   (PDF)
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 Appendix C part 2 - Fish and Wildlife Service Memorandum   January 2005    (PDF)
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 Appendix C part 3 - Final Biological Opinion    (PDF)
11.0 MB
 Appendix D part 1 - Allocation of Capital and OM&R Costs Among Project Participants   (PDF)
1.7 MB
 Appendix D part 2 - Economic Benefit/Cost Analysis    (PDF)
1.2 MB
 Appendix D part 3 - Financial and Repayment Analysis    (PDF)
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 Appendix D part 4 - Social Impacts from the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project    (PDF)
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 Entire Document - Volume 2    (PDF)
31.0 MB
 
 
VOLUME 3 - Comments and Responses to the Planning Report and Final EIS
 Cover pages and Introduction   (PDF)
476 KB
 Comment Letters    (PDF)



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 List of Comment Designations with Corresponding Responses   (PDF)
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 Entire Document - Volume 3    (PDF)
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Last updated: December 3, 2012