Created: 04/16/2014 6:31 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The San Juan Paddle Trail Project is working to promote recreation on the Animas and San Juan rivers, By getting them designated as national water trails.
“It’s an untapped resource that very few can get to or are allowed to get to,” said Rick Page of the River Reach Foundation.
That designation would free up federal money for things like boat ramps, and restrooms--Along with signs and website to attract tourists.
But in the study phase of this project, land owners along the rivers have raised some concerns about things like safety, trespassing, and water pollution from increased usage.
“I understand that there could be positive economic impact but the economic impact is going to be in the pockets of the people that run the businesses, it’s not going to help the water quality,” said M.P. Schildmeyer, a land owner along the river.
The paddle trail project says it's working to address the concerns of those land owners.
“Water is life,” said Schildmeyer, “If we can’t have drinking water and water to grow our crops and drink for our animals we are going to die.”
The Four Corners Paddle Trail Project will be holding a public meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday May 1 at the Three Rivers Banquet Hall, located at 109 E Main St. in Farmington. the meeting will run from 6:00-7:30 p.m.