San Juan Water and Agriculture Symposium

Join us for an in-depth exploration of water and food systems in the Four Corners region!

In the morning we’ll dive into the history of Navajo culture in the San Juan River Valley, learn traditional Navajo weaving techniques, and help prepare traditional Navajo food.

In the afternoon, speakers from the National Young Farmers Coalition, NMSU, Navajo Nation, and San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District will present on topics including:

  • Foundations of water law and policy in New Mexico and the Colorado River Basin
  • “Use it or lose it”: myth or reality?
  • The cultural history of water, state and local water administration, and regional water plans
  • Conservation and efficiency financing
  • Opportunities to engage in water leadership
  • Farm tour to learn about the impacts of drought on local agriculture

*You have the option of attending the full symposium, or for half of the day. Please let us know by checking all the boxes that apply during registration*

San Juan Water & Agriculture Symposium Agenda

7:15 – 8:00 Native Breakfast and registration at McGee Park Multi-Use Building

8:00 – 8:30 Welcome and introduction with sponsoring partners

9:00 – 9:45 History of Navajo in the San Juan River Valley

10:00 – 10:45 Traditional Navajo Diné weaving techniques

11:00 – 12:00 Local Navajo food systems; current efforts to support a healthy lifestyle

12:00 – 1:00 Traditional Navajo lunch

1:00 – 1:15 NYFC welcoming remarks, introduction to the workshop

1:15 – 2:00 History and cultural context of water use in the region

2:15 – 3:15 Water law & policy

3:15 – 4:00 Funding conservation and efficiency, water leadership

4:30 – 5:30 Farm tour! Visit a local farm and learn about regional water use practices

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