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San Juan Co. Rivers on ‘Impaired’ List

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FARMINGTON (AP) — San Juan County’s three main rivers, Lake Farmington and the Navajo Reservoir are now on the list of impaired waters in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Environment Department recently released an assessment of the surface water in the state to comply with the Clean Water Act.

The Daily Times reports the environment department tested San Juan County surface water in 2010 to compile the report.

A coordinator with the Surface Water Quality Bureau says a 20-mile stretch of the Animas River from the Estes Arroyo, located at the Colorado-New Mexico state line, which dumps into the Animas in Aztec, was added to the list of impaired waters because it failed to meet standards for E. coli.

That stretch of river had the most impairments of any surface water in the county.

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