Get to know your waters: Our Water Story
Water is essential to life.
The miraculous journey of water
Located along the continental divide, the San Juans are the source of important rivers.
Get to know your watershed
Rare native fish and plants depend on our water
The Forest Service manages the largest single source of water in the US
Benefits of National Forests and your waters. Learn how the USDA Forest Service manages habitat for 220,000 miles of America’s fishable streams and rivers, along with 10 million acres of fishable lakes and reservoirs.
Rare wetlands, such as the Grasshopper Fen, create unique ecosystems and take thousands of years to develop. In 2019, SJNF workers helped rehabilitate this damaged high elevation Fen.
Water in the News
- Sept 21, 2019: Animas River Suffered 80% Die-off after 416 Fire Ash Flows
- May 10, 2019: Is Durango doing enough to conserve its water?
- USFS Water Facts: Water is one of the most important natural resources flowing from forests. National Forests and Grasslands are the largest source of fresh water in the U.S. under a single manager, with about 20 percent originating from 193 million acres of land.