Anglers Concerned About Famous NM Fishing Spot

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Along the San Juan River, N.M. (AP) Anglers who enjoy the San Juan River are worried that erosion from increased oil and gas activity and low flows mandated by federal officials could mean the death of their fishing spot.

The San Juan has become a $40 million business for the region.

But the water has turned green and the cobblestones have disappeared due to silt.

River supporters want the watershed studied to determine how best to protect the special trout water.

Anglers say dirt roads and wells in the San Juan Basin have resulted in more sediment in the river. And not enough water is released from the dam above the fishery to wash away the sediment because the water is needed downstream for endangered species and water users.

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