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July 1st, 2016

July 2, 2016--18 million people served by systems with lead violations (Water Online)

Public officials have often failed to step in when water systems violate the federal Lead and Copper Rule, according to a report released this week by the advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the “extraordinary geographic scope” of lead contamination. “In 2015, 18 million people were served by water systems with lead violations.


July 1, 2016--Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem (Durango Herald)

“I dare you to find a cooler trip,” Doug Ponce, a senior guide with Mountain Waters Rafting, challenged his customers before hitting the revered, if not notorious, rapids of the Upper Animas River. And he might be right. Just to reach the runnable stretch of the Upper Animas is an adventure, requiring those seeking a thrill to hop aboard the Durango & Silve


June 29th

June 30, 2016--Agricultural reuse projects offer a glimpse into the future of water (Water Online)

While consumers are still coming around to the idea of drinking recycled water, there have been far fewer ideological obstacles standing in the way of water reuse for non-potable purposes.


June 29, 2016--Forest Service restores wetlands in Falls Creek (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Forest Service has put the final touches on a project that effectively restores an almost 20-acre wetland in Falls Creek, adding a rich biodiverse area to the lush green valley northwest of Durango. “The life wetlands support are phenomenal,” said district ranger Matt Janowiak.


June 28, 2016--Colorado College focuses on Western water issues (Durango Herald)

An annual Colorado College project focusing on issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West is turning its spotlight on the governance of Western water, including the Animas River. On Monday morning, several student researchers and staff with the State of the Rockies Project took a flight from Durango to survey from above the Gladstone area and Gold King Mine, just north of Si


June 2016 WIP Newsletter Now Available!

The June 2016 WIP newsletter is now available (including latest WIP cartoon)! Check it out for local, state, and regional news, as well as events and additional information.


June 27th

June 27, 2016--Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West (High Country News)

Zoom in on northwestern Colorado, near the town of Rifle, on a new website called disappearingwest.org and you’ll see a dramatic change on the landscape between 2001 to 2011.


June 26, 2016--After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills (High Country News)

The San Luis Valley in southern Colorado is an 8,000-square-mile expanse of farmland speckled with potato, alfalfa, barley and quinoa fields between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. Only about 7 inches of rain fall each year in the San Luis Valley. But while farmers and ranchers can’t depend on moisture above ground, they make up the difference beneath it.


June 24th

***VIDEO & June 22-23rd Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop on the Animas River a Huge Success!***

The 5th Annual Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop was a huge success! It was conducted June 22-23, 2016, once again back on the Animas and Florida Rivers. The Water Information Program cosponsored the workshop with Fort Lewis College, Mountain Studies Institute, and San Juan Mountains Association. In addition, it was generously funded through a grant with the Southwestern Water Conservation District. The training session filled to capacity with 16 participants/teachers, as well as 6 facilitators, and numerous guest experts and speakers.