Effects of Roads and Well Pads on Erosion in the Largo Canyon Watershed, New Mexico, 2001-02: Usgs Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5039 by Chanan Euaruksakul, Anne Marie Matherne (Paperback / softback, 2011)
Largo Canyon, located in the San Juan Basin of rthwestern New Mexico, is one of the longest dry washes in the world. Oil and gas production in the San Juan Basin, which began in the 1940's, required the development of an extensive network of dirt roads to service the oil and gas wells in the Navajo Reservoir area. Presently, there are about eight wells per square mile, and the density of oil and gas wells is expected to increase. Potential environmental effects on landscape stability that may result from the additional roads and well pads have t been documented. In 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey began a study in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management to evaluate the effects of roads and well pads associated with oil and gas operations on the erosion potential of Bureau of Land Management lands in the Largo Canyon watershed.