Colorado

April 11, 2016--City of Durango to correct river’s path near Santa Rita (Durango Herald)

The Animas River is shifting away from city intake pumps near Santa Rita Park, so the city is planning to build rock weirs to safeguard the city’s water supply. The Florida River is the city’s primary source of water, but the Animas is a secondary source the city uses throughout the summer, said Utilities Director Steve Salka. The river favored the west bank upsteam from S


April 9, 2016--City of Durango seeks feedback on sewer plant designs (Durango Herald)

Residents will have their first opportunity on Wednesday to see preliminary designs of the new administration building for the sewer treatment plant. In November, Durango voters approved $68 million in debt for sewer-related projects.


April 8, 2016--March dry spell takes toll on Southwest Colorado snowpack (Durango Herald)

Though Southwest Colorado has yet to reap the benefits of a wet El Niño, as of April 1, statewide snowpack totals are up 150 percent from last year, according to the National Resource Conservation Service. Karl Wetlaufer, assistant snow survey supervisor for NRCS, said data released Wednesday show just how much the dry spell in March affected the southern San Juan Mountains. Co


April 7, 2016--Collaboration gets things done on water issues (Pine River Times)

"The water is our life blood that feeds all of us," Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Clement Frost told participants in the 34th annual Water Seminar on April 1 in Durango. The seminar is organized by the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWWCD).


April 6, 2016--Efforts to bring Lake Nighthorse water to the thirsty begin (Durango Herald)

After years of planning, a key constituent to water security in southwest La Plata County is on its way. A 4.6-mile pipeline that will carry water from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango went to bid March 31, and construction is expected to start within a month. “That side of the county really needs help, and that’s what La Plata West is going to do,” said Mardi Gebhard


April 2, 2016--Lawsuit filed on Dolores River standard (Durango Herald)

The Southwestern Water Conservancy District has filed a legal challenge in water court against a new minimum flow requirement for the Lower Dolores River established by the state last year. In September, the Colorado Water Conservation Board agreed to establish minimum in-stream flows up to 900 cubic feet per second in spring on the Dolores River between the confluence of the San Miguel Ri


April 1, 2016--At 75, Southwestern Water Conservation District looks back on lessons (Durango Herald)

Water – whether it’s supply, conservation or quality – has always been a challenging topic for Colorado, particularly for the southwest. On Friday, nearly 200 regional officials and water stakeholders convened at the DoubleTree Hotel for the Southwestern Water Conservation District’s 34th annual water seminar, celebrating 75 years of existence and discussing the les


March 31, 2016--Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman questioned over Gold King (Cortez Journal)

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is preparing defensive and offensive strategies to legal disputes in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill.


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