Colorado Water Quality Control Commission

March 2, 2016--Lower Dolores River gets impaired status (Cortez Journal)

Colorado has listed 105 miles of the Dolores River between Slick Rock and the Utah state line as an impaired waterway because of high water temperature from chronic low flows. The Water Quality Control Commission of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment ruled on the river’s impairment status during a hearing in December. The section on the Lower Dolores River


February 23, 2014--E. coli levels in Animas are mixed (Durango Herald)

A study last year found that the level of E. coli bacteria in the Animas River just north of the New Mexico state line met water-quality standards but exceeded them in the New Mexico stretch of the river. E. coli levels in the San Juan River above its confluence with the Animas at Farmington also were above the limit. The E.


July 20, 2013--Colo. announces grants for wastewater plants (Denver Post)

Municipalities across Colorado with wastewater treatment facilities are getting $14.7 million in state grants to help pay for improvements to comply with new nutrient standards. The new standards adopted last year by the state's Water Quality Control Commission are aimed at keep nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen out of state waters.


September 6, 2012--Water group sets first Durango meeting (Durango Herald)

In its first meeting ever in Durango, the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission is scheduled to consider staff-proposed amendments to water-quality standards in the San Juan, Dolores and Gunnison basins. Commissioners will meet Monday and Tuesday at Fort Lewis College. There are no foregone conclusions, no decisions in the bag, chairman Peter Butler said Tuesday.


April 12, 2012--River nutrients: It’s all about being healthy (Durango Herald)

Nutrients in water – sounds good. Like a vitamin-water mix. However, like vitamins, nutrients are good in the right amount and can be problematic in too high a dose. When talking about nutrients in water, the most common components discussed are nitrogen and phosphorus.


Animas River Quality

When Sunnyside Mining Company ended operations in Silverton in 1991, it negotiated a court decree to plug mine outlet tunnels, including the main access, the American Tunnel, with bulkheads. But the bulkheads raised the subterranean water level tremendously, increasing pressure that created drainage in nearby mines that had been mostly dry.


May 21, 2011--No solutions on Animas River pollutants (Durango Herald)

A meeting in Silverton this week concerning heavy-metal contamination of the Animas River increased public knowledge of the problem but produced no immediate solutions. “We wanted to bring people up to date on the quality of water in the Animas and why it’s getting worse,” Pete


August 4, 2010--State reviews drinking water regulations (Pueblo Chieftain)

Tougher rules to protect water users from contamination in wells will be considered Monday by the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. The commission is seeking to tighten conditions, which include no new waivers for public drinking water systems and withdrawing waivers for schools and day care centers.


March 20, 2009--Health of Eagle River in question in Vail Valley (Vail Daily)

The number of brown trout in the Eagle River in Avon has dropped since 2005 and the health of a once badly polluted stretch near Minturn in Colorado's Vail Valley is again in question.

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